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English definition of “emoticon”

emoticon

noun [C]     /ɪˈməʊtɪkɒn/ 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 .
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