Part of speech: noun

A mark ( - or - ) used to connect the elements of words.

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Usage examples "hyphen":

  1. Chicken coop is spelled once with and once without the hyphen. - "Raggedy Ann Stories", Johnny Gruelle.
  2. A hyphen is also inserted in the long word as it extends over one line to the next. - "Bacon is Shake-Speare", Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence.
  3. In the first sentence the use of the hyphen in twenty- one did not make much difference. - "The Century Handbook of Writing", Garland Greever Easley S. Jones.