smiley face


Definition of smiley face 

: a line drawing of a smiling face

Examples of smiley face in a Sentence

He ended his e-mail with a smiley face. The teacher drew a smiley face on the student's homework.

Recent Examples on the Web

But could that smiley face replace the human concierge or front desk staff? Linda Laban,, "Don’t call the front desk: Text it," 8 May 2018 The two attended Manchester’s Parklife Festival in those familiar, tripped out smiley face tees. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Skepta and Virgil Abloh Bring Back This Iconic Raver Fashion Statement," 11 June 2018 There’s also a recurring smiley face formed by a Swoosh below two stripes, which is nice. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Nike’s Releasing New Collections with Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones," 1 June 2018 After the Texas Supreme Court shot down the city’s petition, city reps tried to put a smiley face on the fiasco by arguing that the decision left the firefighters with no excuses to avoid negotiation. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Court cases demonstrate Sculley’s disregard for process," 11 July 2018 The former Texas A&M standout tweeted a smiley face with a cowboy hat as news of the agreement spread on Twitter. Schuyler Dixon, Houston Chronicle, "AP sources: DeAndre Jordan commits again 3 years after jilting Mavericks," 1 July 2018 There's a rainbow, yellow smiley faces and a joke, etched in capital letters: Elon Musk, the provocateur and founder of electronic carmaker Tesla, thought so too. Rachel Siegel,, "Elon Musk's troubled love of a magical unicorn," 30 June 2018 Jordan tweeted an emoji of a smiley face wearing a cowboy hat at 11:09 p.m., nine minutes after the midnight (eastern time) free agency bell set by the NBA. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "DeAndre Jordan is joining the Mavericks (for real this time)," 30 June 2018 Video from the special event shows the window cleaners drawing smiley faces and giving high-fives to the patients as the little ones erupted in happiness. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Window washers dressed as superheroes surprise young patients at Iowa hospital," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of smiley face

1957, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of smiley face

: a symbol used in typing, writing, or drawing that represents a person smiling

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