hyphenate(redirected from hyphenates)
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tr.v. hy·phen·at·ed, hy·phen·at·ing, hy·phen·ates
To divide or connect (syllables, word elements, or names) with a hyphen.
n. hy·phen·ate (-nĭt′, -nāt′)
One who performs more than one job or function: auditioned singer-dancers, actor-models, and other hyphenates.
(Linguistics) (tr) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen
hy•phen•ate(v. ˈhaɪ fəˌneɪt; adj., n. -nɪt, -ˌneɪt)
v. -at•ed, -at•ing,
adj., n. v.t.
1. to join by a hyphen.
2. to write or divide with a hyphen.adj.
4. a person working in more than one craft or occupation: a hyphenate in the film industry who has gained fame as a writer-director-producer.
5. a person of mixed national origin or identity.
Past participle: hyphenated