—adj., n.hī'fu-nit, -nāt"), [key]
—v., -at•ed, -at•ing,
1. to join by a hyphen.
2. to write or divide with a hyphen.
of or pertaining to something of distinct form or origin that has been joined; connected by a hyphen.
Informal.a person working or excelling in more than one craft or occupation: He's a film-industry hyphenate, usually listed as a writer-director-producer.
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