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e·mo·ti·con

 (ĭ-mō′tĭ-kŏn′)
n.
A facial glyph, used especially in email, texts, and instant messages and sometimes typed sideways, that indicates an emotion or attitude, as [ :-) ] to indicate delight, humor, or irony or [ :'( ] to indicate sadness.

emoticon

(ɪˈməʊtɪˌkɒn)
n
(Telecommunications) any of several combinations of symbols used in electronic mail and text messaging to indicate the state of mind of the writer, such as :-) to express happiness
[C20: from emot(ion) + icon]

e•mo•ti•con

(ɪˈmoʊ tɪˌkɒn)
n.
Computers. an abbreviation or icon used on a network, as IMHO for “in my humble opinion” or:-), a sideways representation of a smiling face, to indicate amusement.
[1980–85; b. emotion and icon]

emoticon

1. An arrangement of typed characters used, when read sideways, to represent an emotion or state of mind, such as :-) symbolizing a smiling face.
2. A group of typed characters that resemble a facial expression. The most common is “:-)” – which resembles a smiling face tipped on its side.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.emoticon - a representation of a facial expression (as a smile or frown) created by typing a sequence of characters in sending email; ":-( and :-) are emoticons"
smiley - an emoticon of a smiling face
facial expression, facial gesture - a gesture executed with the facial muscles
Translations
émoticônefrimousse

emoticon

[ɪˈməʊtɪkɒn] Nemoticón m, emoticono m

emoticon

[ɪˈməʊtɪkɒn] n (= smiley) → émoticone m

emoticon

n (Comput) → Smiley nt, → Emoticon nt
References in classic literature ?
She took his arm and with a happy face went with him into the adjoining sitting room.
Yet her bright and happy face reconciled him to the arrangement more than any argument could have done.
I shan't, if you don't go and tell; but of course you will," added Polly, sitting still, while an anxious expression began to steal over her happy face.
Often she was tempted to tell Martha that the child must be kept at home, but somehow the memory of his foolish, happy face deterred her.
I wish you'd do so too, and come and study with uncle, it would do you good, I'm sure," and Rose went back to counting vertebr‘ with such a happy face, that Aunt Myra had not the heart to say a word to dampen her ardour.
As soon as the old prince turned away from him, Levin went out unnoticed, and the last impression he carried away with him of that evening was the smiling, happy face of Kitty answering Vronsky's inquiry about the ball.
Two were in the carriage now: one a little person, with light hair, and dressed in the height of the fashion; the other in a brown silk pelisse, and a straw bonnet with pink ribbons, with a rosy, round, happy face, that did you good to behold.
The happy faces Arthur saw greeting him were not pale abstractions, but real ruddy faces, long familiar to him: Martin Poyser was there--the whole Poyser family.
Rushworth and Maria, who were partners for the second time, "we shall see some happy faces again now.
And the benevolent clergyman looked pleasantly on; for the happy faces which surrounded the table made the good old man feel happy too; and though the merriment was rather boisterous, still it came from the heart and not from the lips; and this is the right sort of merriment, after all.
It had evidently been newly tuned and put in apple- pie order, but, perfect as it was, I think the real charm lay in the happiest of all happy faces which leaned over it, as Beth lovingly touched the beautiful black and white keys and pressed the bright pedals.
While she sewed they played around her; such a group of happy faces and dancing limbs lit up by that romantic fire.