Unicode 9.0 released with 72 new emojis
Unicode 9.0 released with 72 new emojis

Emojis certainly make communication easier and more interactive. With the release of Unicode 9.0, Unicode Consortium has opened up doors for better communication, especially for those fond of using images instead of text.

Unicode 9.0 has been released with a plethora of new emojis today. Version 9.0 of the Unicode standard includes 7,500 new characters. These additions include 72 new emojis and 6 new scripts.

The new update covers various categories such as faces, hand gestures, gender pairings, animals, food, drinks and sports.

Unicode 9.0 emojis

Let’s have a look at the newly-added emojis on Unicode 9.0: 


Faces and smiles is certainly the most popular category of emojis and is a key aspect to any emoji update. The latest update adds 10 new emojis to the list.

  • Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  • Face With Cowboy Hat
  • Clown Face
  • Lying Face
  • Drooling Face
  • Nauseated Face
  • Sneezing Face
  • Shrug
  • Face Palm
  • Pregnant Woman

Gender Pairs

4 new emojis have been added to this category.

  • Man in Tuxedo (aka Groom)
  • Male pair for Bride with Veil
  • Man Dancing
  • Mail pair for Dancer (usually shown as female)
  • Mother Christmas (aka Mrs Claus)
  • Female pair for Father Christmas
  • Prince
  • Male pair for Princess


Unicode 9.0

This category also comes with 7 new emojis. The newly added emojis are:

  • Selfie
  • Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed
  • Call Me Hand
  • Left-Facing Fist
  • Right-Facing Fist
  • Raised Back of Hand
  • Handshake


Last year, the lion emoji was the sleeper hit in this category; thanks to the adorably timid face it was given with. This year it will not be less popular as 13 brand new emojis have been added to this category. The new emojis are:

  • Gorilla
  • Fox Face
  • Deer
  • Rhinoceros
  • Bat
  • Eagle
  • Duck
  • Owl
  • Lizard
  • Shark
  • Shrimp
  • Squid
  • Butterfly


16 new emojis have been added to this category.

  • Kiwifruit
  • Avocado
  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Peanuts
  • Croissant
  • Baguette Bread
  • Pancakes
  • Bacon
  • Stuffed Flatbread
  • Egg
  • Shallow Pan of Food
  • Green Salad

Food related

In addition to food, various food-related items are also added to the Unicode 9.0 version:

  • Glass of Milk
  • Clinking Glasses
  • Tumbler Glass
  • Spoon


Several Olympic events, non-Olympic sports and a musical addition have been introduced to this category.

  • Canoe
  • First Place Medal
  • Second Place Medal
  • Third Place Medal
  • Boxing Glove
  • Martial Arts Uniform
  • Person Doing Cartwheel
  • Wrestlers
  • Water Polo
  • Handball
  • Fencer
  • Goal Net
  • Juggling
  • Drum with Drumsticks


Unicode 9.0 update also includes some miscellaneous emojis.

  • Octagonal Sign
  • Scooter
  • Motor Scooter
  • Shopping Trolley

In addition to these 72 new emojis, Unicode 9.0 also brings support for some “lesser-used languages” like:

  • Osage, a Native American language
  • Nepal Bhasa, a local language of Nepal
  • Fulani and other African languages
  • The Bravanese dialect of Swahili, used in Somalia
  • The Warsh orthography for Arabic, used in North and West Africa
  • Tangut, a major historic script of China

Now there is no need to type long messages as there is a related emoji for that.

However, keep in mind that these emojis have only been finalized as a part of Unicode 9.0 standard, and you’ll have to wait until Google brings them to Android.


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