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  • noun A simplified drawing of a smiling face, using two dots for the eyes and an arc for the mouth.
  • noun rare A smiley.


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  • In 2008 (Smith v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.) and 2009 (Loufrani vs. Wal-Mart), American judges determined that the smiley face is "ubiquitous" in American culture, and not a "distinctive" mark, and therefore cannot be trademarked in the U.S.

    April 12, 2011