"As time goes on, old words take on new meanings, new words are introduced, and new forms of communication, like emoji and memes, emerge," said Dictionary.com CEO Liz McMillan.
"Our products are meant to help users understand the many ways language is actually being used, so we consistently publish new additions, even when communication surpasses the traditional written word. With this update, consumers now have access to comprehensive, accurate meanings and example sentences using the latest emoji and slang terms."
What this means, Dictionary.com wants to keep up with people (especially youth) when they create modern terminologies or words.
But unlike Urban Dictionary, which is a popular crowdsourced online dictionary, Dictionary.com describes and explain terms in a more politically approach.
And in addition to the definition, Dictionary.com also further provides some etymological background on slang words, including how the phrases came to be, who uses them, and how they appear in everyday life. The site also makes an effort to give credit to the context of those phrases.
As part of the update, Dictionary.com has similarly annotated some emojis. Here, users can browse through the emoji using its dictionary category.
Emojis are truly a language all their own, and Dictionary.com that is recognizing and introducing them to its own site, claims to be the first service to include such definitions.
"As a dictionary it's our job to have reference content for the terms or communication tools that people have questions about," said Lauren Sliter, head of content strategy for Dictionary.com. "And people have questions about what the eggplant emoji means."
So from the eggplant and sweat droplet emojis to the poo and rolling eyes emojis, Dictionary.com is having hiariously accurate definitions for its first inclusion of emojis.