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“hyphen” in British English

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hyphennoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhaɪ.fən/ us /ˈhaɪ.fən/

B2 the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next:

There are hyphens in "well-to-do".
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  • Where should I put the hyphen to break the word 'authority'?
  • There is a hyphen between the two names.

(Definition of “hyphen” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“hyphen” in American English

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hyphennoun [ C ]

us /ˈhɑɪ·fən/

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 ] us /ˈhɑɪ·fəˌneɪt/

She hyphenates her first name, Anne-Marie.

(Definition of “hyphen” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)