Unicode name HYPHEN
Unicode block General Punctuation
Codepoint U+2010

Punctuation markEdit

  1. The hyphen.

Derived termsEdit

Usage notesEdit

The similar looking hyphen-minus (-) is used more frequently, but is used for many purposes (as a hyphen, minus sign, and dash). This symbol is therefore more specific, being only used as a hyphen.

See alsoEdit



Punctuation markEdit

  1. Used to separate, or connect, certain pieces of text.
    1. Used to distinguish syllables.
    2. Used to distinguish letters.
      WORD spells "word"
    3. Used to split a word across a line break (called hyphenation).
      We, therefore, the represen
      tatives of the United States
    4. Used to mark a point where a morpheme (a suffix, a prefix, etc.) is supposed to be attached to a word.
      Happiness ends with -ness.
    5. Used when joining prefixes and suffixes according to stylistic rules, often to avoid confusion in pronunciation or meaning
      ultraambitious (to indicate both aes are pronounced)
      I must repress the shirt (to avoid confusion with repress)
    6. Used to connect words in compound terms.
    7. Used to connect words in a compound modifier according to various stylistic rules.
      "realworld examples" (but "examples are from the real world")
    8. Used to indicate common parts of repeated compounds.
      nineteenth and twentieth‐century
    9. Used to connect the year, the month and the day, in dates.
      1789-07-14 the date of the first Bastille Day
  2. Used to hide letters.
    Gd for God


  • (all sense): - (hyphen-minus), often used for its ease.
  • (distinguish syllables, US): · (interpunct)
  • (hide letters): (en-dash)
  • (connecting compounds): (en-dash), when the constituent parts already contain hyphens.

Usage notesEdit

  • In American English, compound words are formed more liberally than in British English. Hyphenated compound nouns are also much more common in colloquial American English.


  1. Used to join the components of coordinative compounds, with equal components.
    secretary-general; yellow-green; a here-today-gone-tomorrow attitude; kitchen-dinette-office
  2. Used to join the components of subordinative compounds, with a dominant component or head.
    a has-been; cholesterol-free; short-changing


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