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English definition of “emoticon”


noun [C]     /ɪˈməʊ.tɪ.kɒn/ US  /ɪˈmoʊ.t̬ɪ.kɑːn/ (also smiley)
an image made up of symbols such as punctuation marks, used in text messages, emails, etc. to express a particular emotionInternet terminology and abbreviationsConventions used on the Internet and in email
(Definition of emoticon noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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