List of terms commonly used in emoji character names. Many of the terms listed on this page pre-date emoji, and were used in the naming of Unicode glyphs when presented in black and white.
Pre-emoji terms can often be disregarded when it comes to emoji display.
When describing pre-emoji Unicode symbols, white in a character names refers to the symbol being hollow/outlined.
Example: ☺️ White Smiling Face does not refer to the ethnicity of the character, but instead means that when shown in black and white it is drawn with outlines.
When describing pre-emoji Unicode symbols, black in a character names refers to the symbol being solid/filled in.
Example: ☀️ Black Sun With Rays refers to the appearance of this symbol in black and white, where the sun image is solid (filled in).
When describing pre-emoji Unicode symbols, heavy in a character names refers to the symbol being thick / bold.
Example: ✔️ Heavy Check Mark
❤️ Heavy Black Heart can be interpreted as just "heart" when shown as emoji. Given this, it is displayed in red. A separate emoji for 🖤 Black Heart exists, which is intended to be black, as it was approved in a post-emoji world.
Index finger. The first finger next to the thumb.
Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Example: 🈹 Squared CJK Unified Ideograph-5272
A colorful, cartoon-like appearance. By definition, all emoji characters in the Unicode Standard support emoji presentation.
Example: ✌️ Victory Hand with emoji presentation
A black and white glyph or pictograph. Some emojis support both a text and emoji presentation. Newer emojis generally only have an emoji presentation available.
Example: ✌︎ Victory Hand with text presentation