emoticon

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noun emo·ti·con \i-ˈmō-ti-ˌkän\

Definition of emoticon

  1. :  a group of keyboard characters (such as :-)) that typically represents a facial expression or suggests an attitude or emotion and that is used especially in computerized communications (such as e-mail)

Origin and Etymology of emoticon

emotion + icon


First Known Use: 1987


EMOTICON Defined for English Language Learners

emoticon

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noun emo·ti·con \i-ˈmō-ti-ˌkän\

Definition of emoticon for English Language Learners

  • : a group of keyboard characters that are used to represent a facial expression (such as a smile or frown)



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