Last modified on 11 September 2014, at 13:37
See also: [U+2010 HYPHEN], [U+2013 EN DASH], [U+2212 MINUS SIGN], [U+2014 EM DASH], [U+4E00 CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-4E00], and [U+1680 OGHAM SPACE MARK]


Character  - 
Unicode name HYPHEN-MINUS
Unicode block Basic Latin
Codepoint U+002D
, ← Basic Latin → .



  1. (hyphen)
  2. (minus sign)
  3. Any of the dashes: , , ,
  4. (chemistry) A single bond.

Usage notesEdit

The multiple uses of this character were a compromise that made sense in the early days of fixed-width typewriters and computer displays, but are not in agreement with proper typesetting. Nonetheless, the usage persists since the hyphen is easy to enter on keyboards, well known, and at the same place in all common character sets.

Derived termsEdit

  • (small form variant)

See alsoEdit



Punctuation markEdit


  1. (rare) A romanization of the (long vowel mark).