Definition of hyphen noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhaɪfn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪfn//
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the mark (- ) used to join two words together to make a new one, as in back-up, or to show that a word has been divided between the end of one line and the beginning of the next Is there a hyphen in post-mortem? compare dash See related entries: Punctuation Word Originearly 17th cent.: via late Latin from Greek huphen ‘together’, from hupo ‘under’ + hen ‘one’.
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