Definition of emoticon
: 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)
Recent Examples of emoticon from the Web
From those two simple emoticons (a portmanteau combining the words emotion and icon) have sprung dozens of others that are the joy, or bane, of e-mail, text-message and instant-message correspondence the world over.
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Origin and Etymology of emoticon
emotion + icon
First Known Use: 1987See Words from the same year
EMOTICON Defined for English Language Learners
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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