Meaning of EMOTICON in English

/ ɪˈməʊtɪkɒn; NAmE ɪˈmoʊtɪkɑːn/ noun

( computing ) a short set of keyboard symbols that represents the expression on sb's face, used in email, etc. to show the feelings of the person sending the message. For example:-) represents a smiling face (when you look at it sideways).



1990s: blend of emotion and icon .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.