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"emoticon" in British English

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(Definition of “emoticon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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emoticonnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪˈməʊtɪkɒn/ us COMMUNICATIONS

a sideways image of a face formed by keyboard symbols, which is used in emails to express a particular emotion, for example :-) to express happiness, or :-( to express sadness:

The smiley face and other emoticons give a concise way of expressing sentiments that otherwise would be difficult to detect in e-mail.

(Definition of “emoticon” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)