In this Spanish Wikipedia: about Guion ortográfico I found mentioned

Separar algunas palabras compuestas.

but there are no examples given.

Are these foreign words or are there proper examples in Spanish?

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Yes, there are proper examples in Spanish. They are usually two adjectives that describe a very specific quality of the object (in most cases).

For example:







These words are not foreign, as said they describe something specific.

There are some rules as to the usage of the hyphen:

  • The compound words with Spanish lexemes are usually written with a hyphen when they maintain their tonic syllable or maintain certain independence: teórico-práctico
  • It is also used when there are deleted prepositions between words in apposition and when the second word is a noun with a upper case letter: anti-Otan
  • Words with a prefix that are constructed in apposition are written without the hyphen: coche bomba
  • To separate a prefix from its base: re-presentación
  • To represent various words with a desire of a Unitarian presentation, usually used in philosophical texts: Sartre ser-para-sí, ser-para-otro
  • Code numbers, prefixes or letters: DC-10, Barcelona-92

Source for a more complete explanation, (or search for guión in the DPD)


This is the RAE article in the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas.

There are plenty of examples and all the rules to use the hyphen. Hope it helps.

  • Thank you @hippietrail I edited but I could not get a valid link that's why I explained how to go there. If someone can get a valid link please edit. Thank you.
    – Laura
    Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 9:29
  • Hmm there didn't seem to be anything tricky. I followed your instructions which led to the URL buscon.rae.es/dpdI/SrvltConsulta?lema=gui%F3n which I'll edit into your answer for you. Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 9:57
  • The other answer already has the information, thank you very much for your help I don't know why i couldn't get the link as usual. Thanks again :D
    – Laura
    Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 10:04
  • @hippietrail I think the link refers to another question guion vs guión and not to the question of hyphenating.
    – bernd_k
    Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 11:49
  • @bernd_k not at all, if you read the 2nd entry you'll find the information about the use of hyphen.
    – Laura
    Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 11:56

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