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

Getty ImagesECP Holmes was quiet on her birthday on social media, except to post herself in front of an angel wings painting with some smiley face captions. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore a Rainbow Cardigan of Dreams with Jamie Foxx for Her Birthday," 19 Dec. 2018 Hilton posted an Instagram of herself earlier today in a black, high-neck mini-dress by Shahida Parides printed all over with different emojis (there’s the unicorn, the smiley face with sunglasses, the rocket ship, and more). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Paris Hilton Celebrated World Emoji Day in Ridiculous Fashion," 18 July 2018 When computers advanced and smiley faces began to appear alongside text, the task fell to the Consortium—now a high-stakes organization with companies from Facebook, Google, and more on its board—to create a standard set in 2010. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "With This New Ballet Flat Emoji, Women Finally Have a Comfortable Digital Shoe," 9 Nov. 2018 Fans have quickly taken note of the new color, sending words of support that included blue heart emojis and plenty of smiley faces. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Joey King Dyed Her Hair Neon Blue," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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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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