smiley face


: a line drawing of a smiling face

Example Sentences

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 Online, Dream is known to his fans by his voice, a Minecraft avatar and an image of a lopsided smiley face. Cecilia D'anastasio, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2022 Believe it or not, the person who came up with World Smile Day is the same person who created the iconic smiley face, commercial artist Harvey Ball. Sarah Scanlan, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2022 Some might even say as rad as a tattoo that reads LIVIN with two exclamation points and a smiley face. Dalton Ross,, 22 Sep. 2022 Signs her name, then draws a smiley face next to it. Lesley Finn, Longreads, 7 July 2022 The soft bristles keep teeth and gums clean without irritation and the smiley face safety shield ensures that baby doesn't push their toothbrush too far back in their mouth. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 22 Aug. 2022 The headlights are slim and mean-looking too, which helps offset the smiley face bottom grille. Christian De Looper, BGR, 13 May 2022 The post also included a picture of Penelope with her birthday cake decorated with a smiley face and rainbow sprinkles. Shafiq Najib,, 17 July 2022 During past legal proceedings for Chinese human rights lawyers, foreign journalists and diplomats who gather outside the courthouse have occasionally been shoved by unidentified individuals wearing identical yellow smiley face badges. Pei-lin Wu, Washington Post, 11 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smiley face was in 1957

Dictionary Entries Near smiley face

Cite this Entry

“Smiley face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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