smiley face


noun, plural smileys. Also called smiley face.
a digital icon, a sequence of keyboard symbols, or a handwritten or printed equivalent, that serves to represent a facial expression, as :‐) for a smiling face or ;‐) for a winking face. Compare emoticon.
Usually, smile face. a drawing of a face consisting of a usually yellow circle with an upturned curve for a smile and two dots for eyes.
cheerful; smiling.

1985–90 Unabridged
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smiley (ˈsmaɪlɪ)
1.  given to smiling; cheerful
2.  depicting a smile: a smiley badge
3.  any of a group of symbols depicting a smile, or other facial expression, used in electronic mail

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Main Entry:  smiley face
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a round happy cartoon-like image, often black-on-yellow, a symbol of peace and joy
Etymology:  first appeared as hippie symbol in 1960s's 21st Century Lexicon
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