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

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 More: Kaley Cuoco opens up about her future with Karl Cook: 'We're meant to have children' A third picture shows the actress playing with a large dog on her stomach, mirroring the animal's smiley face. Georgia Slater, USA TODAY, "Kaley Cuoco's husband Karl Cook posts silly candids on couple's 1st anniversary," 1 July 2019 First, Ingram posted a simple smiley face emoji on his story. Andrew Lopez,, "Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart react to Pelicans’ trade on Instagram," 15 June 2019 One was just a string of thumbs up and smiley face emojis. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Rescue efforts resume for remaining 8 boys and their coach trapped in the Thai cave," 9 July 2018 The tops of each were drawn to be identical, and when the two objects flew behind the screen — say, the umbrella and the smiley face — only those tops could be seen. Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post, "Can a 1-year-old reason like a scientist? Yes, new research concludes.," 17 Mar. 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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