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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A punctuation mark used between the parts of a compound word or name or between the syllables of a word, especially when divided at the end of a line of text.

Usage examples (37)
  • Though his family name was Fenimore-Cooper, James dropped the hyphen.
  • "The hyphen is seen as messy looking and old-fashioned."
  • A hyphen is the dash in the middle of, for example: part-time.
  • "There are places where a hyphen is necessary," Stevenson said. for more
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