emoji

[ ih-moh-jee ]
/ ɪˈmoʊ dʒi /

noun, plural e·mo·ji, e·mo·jis.

Digital Technology. a small digital picture or pictorial symbol that represents a thing, feeling, concept, etc., used in text messages and other electronic communications and usually part of a standardized set: She texted me an emoji of “money with wings,” which probably means she’s out shopping.

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Origin of emoji

First recorded in 1990–95; from Japanese: literally, “pictograph,” equivalent to e “picture, drawing” + moji “(written) character, letter”; cf. kaomoji

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