Plural of Emoji

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
The plural of emoji is emojis.

The Plural of Emoji

The plural of emoji is emojis.
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The noun emoji adheres to the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English (shown in the table below).

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The Standard Rules for Forming the Plurals

The table below shows the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.
Type Example of Type Forming the Plural Plural
Most Nouns lamp
scythe
add s lamps
scythes
Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z bus
dress
add es buses
dresses
Nouns ending [consonant] o hero
zero
tomato
add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
heroes
zeros
tomatoes
Nouns ending [consonant] i taxi
emoji
add s
taxis
emojis
Nouns ending [vowel] o patio
ratio
add s patios
ratios
Nouns ending [consonant] y story
belly
change the y to an i and add es stories
bellies
Nouns ending [vowel] y valley
chimney
add s valleys
chimneys
Nouns ending f or fe dwarf
hoof
ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
dwarfs
hooves or hoofs
Exceptions man
louse
some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change men
lice
More exceptions salmon
sheep
some nouns do not change at all salmon
sheep
Read more about English spelling rules.

Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Emoji?

Emojis is the best way to make the noun emoji plural.

For decades, there has been a debate over whether the plural of emoji is emojis or just emoji. That debate is now over. The accepted plural is emojis.

Emoji is a Japanese word, and, as the Japanese language does not recognize plurals, this is the basis for the argument for emoji being the plural. However, there are many Japanese words in English (e.g., tsunami), and they are pluralized using English rules. In other words, the plural of tsunami is tsunamis.

Some dictionaries still list emoji as a recognized plural for emoji, but updates to these dictionaries are gradually removing emoji as an accepted plural.

Of note, Emojipedia (the web's largest emoji reference site) uses the "-s" pluralization.

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See Also

Unusual pluralsPlural forming table Quirks with forming plurals Forming the plurals of abbreviations Forming the plurals of compound nouns

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