The definition of emoji is an image, often of an expressive cartoon face, that can be used to convey emotion in writing on cell phones or in online chat. The word is derived from a ombination of the words emotion and kanji, meaning a Japanese character.
An example of an emoji is an image of an umbrella with rain drops used to express rainy weather when chatting with a friend on Facebook.
The definition of emoji is an expressive face used to convey emotions, often on chat or in texts.
An example of an emoji is the :) written in a text, which changes into a smiling face.
The Japanese word for icons (smileys, happy faces, etc.) added to email, texting, chat and tweets. Meaning "picture letter" (e + moji) and pronounced "emma-gee" (Japanese) or "e-mo-gee" (English), users can select from a huge variety of symbols to add emotion to messages. In the past, emojis have not always rendered the same between platforms (see last example below).Emojis and EmoticonsEmojis emerged on Japanese phones in the late 1990s and were added to U.S. platforms in the 2010 time frame. Prior to emojis, text-only "emoticons" evolved in the U.S. from the colon-dash-parenthesis sequence :-), known as the "smiley face" in the 1980s. See emoticon.Unicode StandardsStarting in 2010, the Unicode Consortium governs how emojis are coded to provide keyboard and application uniformity. Every year, the group reviews icon submissions and decides which ones to add. As of 2019, there were more than 2,700 emojis with the smiley face being number one. See Unicode.
Origin of emoji
- From Japanese çµµæ–‡å— emoji (emoji, emoticon), from çµµ e (picture) + æ–‡å— moji (character)