You can now look up the meanings of different emojis on a leading dictionary website

One of the world’s largest online dictionaries has added definitions for emoji, the first official dictionary to do so. launched its emoji page this week with 22 definitions for emojis, including the crying-laughing face, flame and goat.

For each emoji, a definition, history and examples of use are given.


For the eyes emoji, the website definition reads:

“The eyes emoji has many uses. It mostly serves to draw attention to something the user wants to highlight, especially in situations that involve drama and interpersonal tension.

“It can also be an emoji representation of shifty eyes or the action of side-eyeing. This emoji sometimes appears when someone finds a person attractive.”


The new definitions are researched extensively by the dictionary’s lexicographers, often giving multiple meanings for each emoji depending on what context it was used in.

Emoji were officially added to Apple’s iPhone keyboard in 2011, Android in 2013. Since then, they have become a crucial part of how people communicate online.

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