hyphen (plural hyphens)
- The symbol "‐", typically used to join two or more words to form a compound term, or to indicate that a word has been split at the end of a line.
- (figuratively) Something that links two more consequential things.
- An enclosed walkway or passage that connects two buildings.
- Someone who belongs to a marginalized subgroup, and can therefore described by a hyphenated term, such as "German-American", "female-academic", etc.
- French: trait d'union, tiret
- German: Bindestrich
- Italian: trattino
- Portuguese: hífen, traço
- Russian: дефи́с
- Spanish: guion
hyphen (hyphens, present participle hyphening; past and past participle hyphened)Conjunction
- Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-".