emoji

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noun emo·ji \ē-ˈmō-jē\

Definition of emoji

plural

emoji

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emojis

  1. :  any of various small images, symbols, or icons used in text fields in electronic communication (as in text messages, e-mail, and social media) to express the emotional attitude of the writer, convey information succinctly, communicate a message playfully without using words, etc. The function of emoji, as [emoji developer Shigetaka] Kurita describes it—adding subtle emotional emphasis to a sentence in text—isn't too different from that of emoticons, the frowny and smiley faces that people have been making out of punctuation since the mid-1990s. — Britt Peterson — compare emoticon

Origin and Etymology of emoji

borrowed from Japanese, literally, “pictograph,” from e “picture, drawing” + moji “letter, character”


First Known Use: 1997


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