how to pronounce hyphen


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the above transcription of hyphen is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

hyphen is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of hyphen in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… b1620 hyphen 26b …”

meanings of hyphen


  1. Something that links two more consequential things.
  2. 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.
  3. An enclosed walkway or passage that connects two buildings.
  4. Someone who belongs to a marginalized subgroup, and can therefore described by a hyphenated term, such as "German-American", "female-academic", etc.


  1. To separate or punctuate with a hyphen; to hyphenate.


  1. Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-".

hyphen frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word hyphen occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics hyphen can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that hyphen can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) transport and travel;

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