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hyphen

noun [C]  /ˈhɑɪ·fən/ us  
the mark (-) used in writing to join two words together, or between the syllables of a word when it is divided at the end of a line of text
hyphenate
verb [T]  /ˈhɑɪ·fəˌneɪt/ us  
She hyphenates her first name, Anne-Marie.
Translations of “hyphen”
in Korean 하이픈…
in Arabic شَرطة (-)…
in French trait d’union…
in Turkish tire (-), ara çizgi…
in Italian trattino…
in Chinese (Traditional) 連字號…
in Russian дефис…
in Polish łącznik, kreseczka…
in Spanish guión…
in Portuguese hífen…
in German der Bindestrich…
in Catalan guionet…
in Japanese ハイフン(-)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 连字符…
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