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Definition of emoticon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

emoticon

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɪˈməʊtɪkɒn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmoʊtɪkɑːn//
 
(computing) Email, Text messages
 
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a short set of keyboard symbols that represents the expression on somebody’s face, used in email, etc. to show the feelings of the person sending the message. For example :-) represents a smiling face (when you look at it sideways). Wordfinderaddress, attachment, compose, draft, email, emoticon, forward, inbox, message, re See related entries: Email, Text messages Word Origin 1990s: blend of emotion and icon.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: emoticon