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On-Site or Onsite: Which is Correct?

The word on-site is often hyphenated. It is typically used to describe a facility or service provided at a particular location.

Apartment buildings frequently have an on-site gym. They usually have on-site laundry facilities. Office buildings might have on-site childcare and dry cleaning.

Traditionally, on-site has been spelled with a hyphen but, these days, the word often appears without a hyphen. The name of this website is onsite-training.com!

Should Onsite be Hyphenated?

As the English language evolves, it’s becoming more common to see words that used to be hyphenated spelled without the hyphen. So, which is correct: on-site or onsite?

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Let’s check in with the experts!

Merriam-Webster indicates that the correct spelling is with the hyphen (on-site). The Cambridge Dictionary includes both versions (on-site and onsite), while the American Heritage dictionary omits the hyphen (onsite).

Clear as mud, right?

What is the correct spelling: on-site or onsite? Both versions are acceptable but the trend seems to be moving toward omitting the hyphen.

How Do You Use Onsite in a Sentence?

Here are a couple of sentences that use the word onsite (and on-site).

Example #1: My company provides onsite training to government and private sector clients throughout North America.

Example #2: We found a vacation property with on-site fitness facilities.

My Thoughts on the On-Site vs Onsite Debate

It wasn’t that long ago that bumblebee and ice cream were both hyphenated. Now, bumble-bee and ice-cream look a little strange.

In closing, I would suggest that if you have an issue omitting the hyphen from onsite, maybe you should stop being such a crybaby (formerly cry-baby)!

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By Michael Belfry

Working as a full-time training consultant, Michael provides Microsoft Office courses to government and private sector clients across Canada.