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Related to hyphenated: Hyphenated American


1. Having a hyphen: a hyphenated adjective.
2. Often Offensive Of or relating to naturalized citizens or their descendants or culture.
Usage Note: Naturalized immigrants to the United States and their descendants have sometimes been termed hyphenated Americans in reference to the tendency to hyphenate such ethnic compounds as Irish-American and Polish-American. This term has come under strong criticism as suggesting that those so designated are not as fully American as "unhyphenated" citizens, and it is best avoided in all but historical contexts.
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1. (Linguistics) containing or linked with a hyphen
2. chiefly US having a nationality denoted by a hyphenated word, as in American-Irish
3. chiefly US denoting something, such as a professional career, that consists of two elements, as in singer-songwriter
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(ˈhaɪ fəˌneɪ tɪd)

1. of or designating a person or group of mixed national origin or identity: an Irish-American club and other hyphenated organizations.
2. composed of distinct elements connected by or as if by a hyphen.
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[ˈhaɪfəneɪtɪd] adj [word] → à trait d'union
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References in classic literature ?
"Strawn-Hamilton's his name - hyphenated, you know - comes of old Southern stock.
It is long since that Leith Clay-Randolph (note the hyphenated surname) knocked at the back door of Idlewild and melted the heart of Gunda.
As the possible words get longer, they are more likely to be compounds that break down into their component parts, like layout and outlay, and then there can be the question whether one of the pairs should be hyphenated. For instance, inbuilt is one word, whereas built-in is hyphenated.
On Friday, March 29, the series will talk about "How 'Hyphenated Americans' Won World War I" at 7 p.m.
Plurals, proper nouns and hyphenated words are not allowed, and there is at least one nine-letter word.
Her first collection of short stories, Hyphenated, is forthcoming from
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To me, therefore, the stellar R-J fact was his reportedly being the first English cricketer with a double-barrelled or hyphenated surname to take even one Test Match wicket for well over 100 years.
I can't help but wonder if all these hyphenated Americans are disintegrating the melting pot this country has boasted about for so long.
I'll probably give my kid(s) a hyphenated last name of mine and my spouse's.
It has been said that the shooter was a hyphenated German.