Definition of emoticon in English:

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emoticon

Pronunciation: /əˈmōdəˌkän/

noun

A representation of a facial expression such as:-) (representing a smile), formed by various combinations of keyboard characters and used in electronic communications to convey the writer’s feelings or intended tone.
Example sentences
  • It is important when you e-mail, that you use emoticons to relay the tone of your e-mail.
  • I thought the whole point of an emoticon was to convey an emotion or facial expression.
  • On my cell phone I can receive text messages, and I can choose to use emoticons (iconic characters and messages) on the Internet.

Origin

1990s: blend of emotion and icon.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: e·mo·ti·con

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