Definition of makaf in English:

makaf

(also maqqeph)

noun

Hebrew Grammar
  • A Hebrew diacritic, similar in form to a hyphen, indicating that words joined by it should be pronounced as if they were a single word.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Udall (c1560–?1593), religious controversialist. From post-biblical Hebrew maqqāp (also maqqēp) from Aramaic maqqēp, use as noun of the participle of 'aqqēp to surround, to join.

Pronunciation

makaf

/ˈmakəf//maˈkaf/