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Some emojis are look like only one character long, but actually they are created by joining multiple emojis together , and these emojis take up more characters.

Emojis like this is known asEmoji ZWJ Sequence, The full name of ZWJ is: ZERO WIDTH JOINER, and there are 1125 emojis so far.

For instance: 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨(kiss: woman, man), this emoji includes only 4 emojis 👩 + ❤️ + 💋 + 👨, but takes up 8 characters.

Why 8 characters? In fact there is an invisible character between each emoji called Zero Width Joiner(ZWJ), it acts as a glue to join each emoji together. You can think of these "+" as ZWJ in the picture below.

In a word, a sequence of emojis joined together with a ZWJ character is known as an Emoji ZWJ Sequence.

For reference, there are 5 types of Emoji ZWJ Sequences:

  • Family

    (👨‍❤️‍👨 = 👨 + ❤️ + 👨)

  • Gender

    (🏄‍♀️ = 🏄 + ♀️)

  • Hair

    (👨‍🦰 = 👨 + 🦰)

  • Other

    (🏳️‍🌈 = 🏳️ + 🌈)

  • Role

    (👨‍💻 = 👨 + 💻)

Emoji ZWJ Sequences List