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Etymology edit

multi- +‎ hyphenate

Noun edit

multihyphenate (plural multihyphenates)

  1. A person with a hyphenated profession e.g. singer-songwriter, actor-director, but especially a person with several such roles.
    Coordinate term: polymath
    • 2008 April 18, Jeannette Catsoulis, “Resentment Over Darwin Evolves Into a Documentary”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      Interviewees, including the scientist Richard Sternberg, claim that questioning Darwinism led to their expulsion from the scientific fold [] , while our genial audience surrogate, the actor and multihyphenate Ben Stein, nods sympathetically.
    • 2014 June 5, Heather Corcoran, “Henrik Vibskov, Fashion's Renaissance Man, Showcases His Fine Art”, in T Magazine[2]:
      He’d also submitted the first proposals for a collaboration with his fellow Nordic multihyphenate Björk, a supersize restaging of her album “Medúlla.”
    • 2019 January 10, Laura Collins-Hughes, “It’s a Sex-Positive Party, Not a Play”, in The New York Times[3], →ISSN:
      Afterward, Diana Oh took the New Year’s Eve sex party as a sign. Just over a year ago, this multi-hyphenate artist rang in 2018 so near the Bushwick Starr theater in Brooklyn that she wondered, when she got the address, if the secret party was actually at the theater.
    • 2019, Amanda Seales, Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use:
      I find the biggest frustration for most when it comes to being a multihyphenate is the fact that there is no blueprint.
    • 2023 December 6, Sam Lansky, “Person of Year 2023 : Taylor Swift”, in Time[4]:
      She is a maestro of self-determination, of writing her own story. The multihyphenate television creator Shonda Rhimes—no stranger to a plot twist—who has known Swift since she was a teenager, puts it simply: “She controls narrative not only in her work, but in her life,” she says. “It used to feel like people were taking shots at her. Now it feels like she’s providing the narrative—so there aren’t any shots to be taken.”

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