emoticon

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emoticon ˈmoʊtɪˌkɑːn/ noun
plural emoticons
emoticon
ˈmoʊtɪˌkɑːn/
noun
plural emoticons
Learner's definition of EMOTICON
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: a group of keyboard characters that are used to represent a facial expression (such as a smile or frown)
◊ Emoticons are used by people writing on computers to indicate the tone or attitude of what is written. People often use a smiling emoticon like :-) to show that their comments are meant in a friendly or joking way.
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