The meaning of all emojis

Welcome to! Here in our dictionary of emojis you can search for and read about all the different emojis we use all the time in our smartphones or computers when we write SMS and e-mail, or chat on for example Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tinder. You can also read more about what all the different smiley faces and different colored hearts mean, as well as what all the Japanese characters mean.

Most visited emojis

Below you can see an assortment of the most popular emojis in our database, these are the ones that has received the most views of all during the last seven days. Maybe some of your favourites are here as well?

Top List - Most Popular Emojis of 2024

As one of the largest English-language emoji sites, we have great opportunities to collect statistics about the popularity of all emojis. On the one hand, we present statistics on each individual emoji page about how popular this particular emoji is, but we also make compilations of the most popular emojis each year.

Starting March 1st every year we start publishing a preliminary list of the most popular emojis of the year, here you will find this list for the year 2024: Most Popular Emojis of 2024. If you want to check out the previous year's leaderboard, you can find it here: Most Popular Emojis of 2023.

Easily find and use emojis

The search function on our site is very fast and intelligent, and will quickly help you find the particular emoji that you are just dying to view in higher resolution or read mor about. Currently we have in total 3758 emojis listed in our database! When you have found the emoji that you are looking for you can easily and very quickly copy the emoji to your clipboard by using a button prepared by us, once in your clipboard it's extremely easy to paste the emoji in for example a regular email or in a chat window.

But what actually is an emoji?

An emoji is an ideogram, or using more mundane terms, a smiley. The first use of emojis can be tracked to Japan, during the late 1990s. But nowadays emojis are used throughout the world. The word emoji is japanese, and when it is written in japanese it consists of three so called kanji signs, 絵文字. Directly translated to english the first kanji sign (絵 = "e") means picture, the following two kanji signs (文字 = "mo ji") means character. Put together the two separate translations then become the full translation of the japanese word emoji, which becomes kind of self explanatory: picture character.

The link to Japan and typical Japanese emojis

Since the emoji was first introduced in Japan, many of the common emojis we use are linked to typical Japanese things - or to the Japanese culture. Some examples of such emojis are those emojis that depict typical japanese dishes like for example the rice ball 🍙 , the dango 🍡  and bento box 🍱 . But there are also other more subtile links to the Japanese culture that might not be so easy to spot, unless you know how to recognize them. For example the love hotel 🏩  and the Japanese symbol for beginner 🔰 . Please click on the links above to read more about these typical japanese emojis.

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