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 In a fan-voted poll for the most anticipated of the draft emoji, the winner was Melting Face, which shows a yellow smiley face pooling in mid-melt. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 19 July 2021 The shirt’s design featured a smiley face, which seemed an odd choice after a stinging loss that put the Clippers in an 0-2 hole in their first-round playoff series against Dallas. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 On June 20, the Navarros took Simona home after 134 days in the hospital, pushing a stroller decorated with a yellow smiley face balloon. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 Hafeezat Bishi, 21, started an internship at a Brooklyn digital media firm and was taken aback when co-workers greeted her with a bright smiley face. Aiyana Ishmael, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021 But for many teens and 20-somethings, a smiley face popping up in a text or email is seen as patronizing or passive-aggressive. Aiyana Ishmael, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021 The figure also wields a blaster, and incorporates Balvin’s signature rainbow colors and smiley face icon. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 1 July 2021 Lively's ensemble featured a knee length floral skirt, a hot pink sweatshirt with a rhinestone smiley face and black pumps with a fuzzy pink heel. Georgia Slater,, 7 July 2021 Reiyn Keohane’s handwriting is tidy, with small, looping letters, lots of exclamation points, and the occasional smiley face. Aviva Stahl, Wired, 8 July 2021

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First Known Use of smiley face

1957, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2021

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“Smiley face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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