Definition of emoticon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈməʊtɪkɒn/
Pronunciation: /ɪˈmɒtɪkɒn/


A representation of a facial expression such as a smile or frown, formed by various combinations of keyboard characters and used in electronic communications to convey the writer’s feelings or intended tone: flag your jokes with emoticons, such as a smiley face :-), to avoid misunderstandings
More 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.


1990s: blend of emotion and icon.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: emoti|con

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