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

First up is California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash, which features a cartoon smiley face on the bottle. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Can Big Beauty Go Green? One Writer Tries to Save the Planet (and Have Her Powder Too)," 29 Aug. 2019 The teen also used smiley face and bomb emojis, according to the news station. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Texas teen charged with terroristic threat after 'blow up the plane' post on Snapchat," 13 Aug. 2019 Campos created a playful design, with a big yellow sun and black and white smiley face brightening up the intersection. Susannah Bryan,, "These funky murals are for the streets. And maybe they’ll kick drivers into slow gear.," 4 Aug. 2019 Bieber launched Drew, which is a nod to his middle name, in January 2019 with an array of T-shirts, sweatshirts and shorts, along with a collection beige corduroy pieces, emblazoned with the Drew logo and a smiley face. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Justin Bieber's Drew Clothing Line Debuts Shirts Featuring Drew Barrymore's Face," 26 June 2019 The first use of smiley faces, often composed of a colon, dash and close parenthesis, now called emoticons, was in the 1960s. Sophia Kunthara,, "Who needs words when you have emoji?," 6 Aug. 2019 Lowe wrote of the gift in an email to Butler, adding a smiley face next to his words. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Riverside Church congregants call for reinstatement of first female minister after her dismissal following a sex shop visit," 14 July 2019 Jenner simply captioned the gorgeous shot with a smiley face emoji. Kaitlyn Frey,, "From Neon Bikinis to Micro-Minis! Inside Kendall Jenner's Mykonos Vacation Style," 11 July 2019 There’s a neon smiley face from one of the original Burning Man heads. Angela Hill, The Mercury News, "John Law, iconic Bay Area prankster, now has his own ‘art’ show," 5 July 2019

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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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