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Definition of "hyphenate" [hyphenate]

  • To divide or connect (syllables, word elements, or names) with a hyphen. (verb-transitive)
  • One who performs more than one job or function: auditioned singer-dancers, actor-models, and other hyphenates. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hyphenate" in a sentence
  • "A colloquialism -- "hyphenate" -- has latterly grown up to meet the need of"
  • "Rimes is what the industry calls a hyphenate, a writer and a producer."
  • "Now Rhymes is what the industry calls hyphenate, a writer and a producer."