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"emoticon" in British English

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emoticonnoun [C]

uk   /ɪˈməʊ.tɪ.kɒn/  us   /ɪˈmoʊ.t̬ɪ.kɑːn/ (also smiley)
an ​image made up of ​symbols such as punctuationmarks, used in ​textmessages, ​emails, etc. to ​express a ​particularemotion
(Definition of emoticon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"emoticon" in Business English

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emoticonnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪˈməʊtɪkɒn/ COMMUNICATIONS
a sideways ​image of a face ​formed by ​keyboardsymbols, 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 ​expressingsentiments that otherwise would be difficult to detect in ​e-mail.
(Definition of emoticon from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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