Emoji Glossary

Food and Drink Emoji Meanings 🍏

Food and drink emojis are a mainstay in most online and text conversations or captions. Food is a universal thing that everyone understands and loves and finding the perfect emoji to portray what you’re craving is a must. Though food and drink emoji meanings may seem obvious, as they’ve gained popularity some have begun to have a double meaning. Because of this, we uncover what every one of them means, both literally and figuratively. 

To make things more bite-sized, we’ve broken up the main food and drink emojis into these three categories: 

  • Food emoji meanings by category
  • Drink emoji meanings
  • Other food and drink-related emoji meanings

Fruit Emoji Meanings 

Emoji: 🍏🍎
Name:
Green apple/red apple emoji
Meaning:
The red or green apple emojis are most commonly used when talking about apples, eating apples, or picking apples, and they can even be used to refer to Apple products. 

Emoji: 🍐
Name:
Pear emoji
Meaning:
The pear emoji is typically used to represent the fruit, but has also been used to convey online that you are single and interested in meeting someone. 

Emoji: 🍊
Name:
Tangerine/orange emoji
Meaning:
The tangerine emoji is more commonly used to represent an orange. Either way, it is used when talking about cocktails, summer, Florida and other orange-related things. 

Emoji: 🍋
Name:
Lemon emoji 
Meaning:
The lemon emoji represents the popular citrus fruit while also being tied to vacation, Europe and Beyonces ‘Lemonade’ album. 

Emoji: 🍌
Name:
Banana emoji
Meaning:
The banana emoji can represent many things beyond the actual fruit, like when something is crazy or wild. ‘This is bananas.’ 

Emoji: 🍉
Name:
Watermelon emoji
Meaning:
The watermelon emoji depicts the pink and green colored fruit, but is more recently used as a symbol of support for Palestinians and Palestine. 

Emoji: 🍇
Name:
Grapes emoji
Meaning:
The grape emoji simply represents a bunch of grapes and is often used in conversations relating to charcuterie or wine. 

Emoji: 🍓
Name:
Strawberry emoji
Meaning:
The strawberry emoji is one of the most popular fruit emojis as it is used in scenarios that are usually cute, sweet and girly. 

Emoji: 🫐
Name:
Blueberries emoji
Meaning:
The blueberry emoji is a perfect representation of the fruit itself, summertime and relaxation. 

Emoji: 🍈
Name:
Melon emoji
Meaning:
The melon emoji depicts and represents all types of melons. It can also sometimes be used when talking about someone's curves. 

Emoji: 🍒
Name:
Cherries emoji
Meaning:
The cherry emoji is most commonly used to depict the fruit itself, but it is sometimes used online to show one's interests and desires. 

Emoji: 🍑
Name:
Peach emoji
Meaning:
The peach emoji is most commonly used to depict a butt in captions and conversations on social media. 

Emoji: 🥭
Name:
Mango emoji
Meaning:
The mango emoji is a representation of the fruit itself but also is used in relation to summer, cocktails and nice weather. 

Emoji: 🍍
Name:
Pineapple emoji
Meaning:
The pineapple emoji symbolizes the popular fruit, but is also sometimes used to signify a complicated or open relationship status. 

Emoji: 🥥
Name:
Coconut emoji
Meaning:
The coconut emoji is typically used to refer to islands and vacations but can also show toughness and being ‘hard to crack’. 

Emoji: 🥝
Name:
Kiwi emoji
Meaning:
The kiwi emoji is used when talking about healthy food, nice drinks, summer vibes and in reference to Kiwis (New Zealand natives). 

Emoji: 🍅
Name:
Tomato emoji
Meaning:
The tomato emoji is commonly used on social media when someone sees or reads something they don’t like and will use this emoji to portray ‘throwing tomatoes’. 

Vegetable Emoji Meanings 

Emoji: 🍆
Name:
Eggplant emoji
Meaning:
The eggplant emoji is used when talking about healthy dishes and vegetables. Its other, more common use cases are what we would consider NSFW

Emoji: 🥑
Name:
Avocado emoji
Meaning:
The avocado emoji has become a symbol of health and wellness, relating mostly to consuming healthy foods and working on building healthy habits. 

Emoji: 🥦
Name:
Broccoli emoji
Meaning:
The broccoli emoji represents health and eating healthy, but can also be used to depict different green substances.

Emoji: 🥬
Name:
Leafy greens emoji
Meaning:
The leafy greens emoji acts as a representation of all leafy greens like lettuce, kale, arugula, spinach and more. It’s typically used when talking about plant-based diets. 

Emoji: 🥒
Name:
Cucumber emoji
Meaning:
The cucumber emoji is mostly used when talking about foods or meals that feature the vegetable, but is also often used in references to beauty products that contain it.

Emoji: 🌶
Name:
Hot pepper emoji
Meaning:
The hot pepper emoji is used when something is hot or spicy and is often commented on things or people's posts that look good. 

Emoji: 🫑
Name:
Bell pepper emoji
Meaning:
The bell pepper emoji represents all types of different peppers and is most typically used when talking about making colorful and delicious meals. 

Emoji: 🌽
Name:
Ear of corn emoji
Meaning:
The ear of corn emoji is used when talking about healthy meals and fall. It can be used to reference topics that it rhymes with but that you are not allowed to openly talk about. 

Emoji: 🥕
Name:
Carrot emoji
Meaning:
The carrot emoji represents all things related to health, including gardening and cooking healthy meals. 

Emoji: 🫒
Name:
Olive emoji
Meaning:
The olive emoji is popular when talking about food, martinis and Greece. It can also be used as a symbol of peace like extending an olive branch. 

Emoji: 🧄
Name:
Garlic emoji
Meaning:
The garlic emoji can be used in several different ways, including depicting common cooking ingredients, stinking breath or in conjunction with the vampire emoji. 

Emoji: 🧅
Name:
Onion emoji
Meaning:
The onion emoji is mainly used when talking about cooking, but can also be used when talking about sadness, tears or even Shrek. 

Emoji: 🥔
Name:
Potato emoji
Meaning:
The potato emoji is typically used to refer to meals that feature potatoes, but it can also refer to someone's behavior (couch potato) or appearance. 

Emoji: 🍠
Name:
Roasted sweet potato emoji
Meaning:
The roasted sweet potato emoji represents an offering to the full moon in Japan during the Moon Viewing harvest festival. 

Emoji: 🥗
Name:
Green salad emoji
Meaning:
The green salad emoji represents health and wellness and demonstrates a healthy lifestyle. This popular emoji is also used when talking about vegetarian or vegan options. 

Emoji: 🫘
Name:
Beans emoji
Meaning:
The beans emoji of course represents all kinds of beans, but can also be used when talking about money, a small amount of something or something being smelly. 

Baked Good Emoji Meanings 

Emoji: 🥐
Name:
Croissant emoji
Meaning:
The croissant emoji is most typically used in reference to breakfast, the country of France and bread in general. 

Emoji: 🥯
Name:
Bagel emoji
Meaning:
The bagel emoji is used when talking about breakfast, bread and locations where bagels are popular, such as New York City and Montreal. 

Emoji: 🍞
Name:
Bread emoji
Meaning:
The bread emoji obviously represents bread and baked goods, but it can also symbolize nourishment, the basic needs of life and ‘getting bread’, aka money. 

Emoji: 🥖
Name:
Baguette emoji
Meaning:
The baguette emoji is mainly representative of baguette-style bread and the French, where baguettes are very popular. 

Emoji: 🥨
Name:
Pretzel emoji
Meaning:
The pretzel emoji depicts a version of itself. It is also used in conversations or captions related to Germany, sports games and as a metaphor for when something is ‘twisted’.  

Emoji: 🥞
Name:
Pancakes emoji
Meaning:
The pancake emoji represents the popular breakfast treat and is most commonly used when talking about this certain type of meal or a love for pancakes. 

Emoji: 🧇
Name:
Waffle emoji
Meaning:
The waffle emoji is most often used when talking about breakfast and other sweet treats. It can also be used when someone is ‘waffling’ or not getting to the point.

Dairy and Meat Emoji Meanings 

Emoji: 🧀
Name:
Cheese wedge emoji
Meaning:
The cheese wedge emoji represents all kinds of cheese. It is also commonly used when something or someone is being ‘cheesy’. 

Emoji: 🥚
Name:
Egg emoji
Meaning:
The egg emoji depicts a chicken egg but is typically used when talking about any type of egg, egg dish and Easter. 

Emoji: 🍳
Name:
Cooking emoji
Meaning:
The cooking emoji shows an egg frying in a pan and is most commonly used when talking about breakfast or cooking meals in general. 

Emoji: 🧈
Name:
Butter emoji
Meaning:
The butter emoji is used when talking about baking, cooking and any food that has a lot of butter in it. 

Emoji: 🥓
Name:
Bacon emoji
Meaning:
The bacon emoji depicts two strips of crispy bacon and is used when talking about the popular breakfast food. It can also be used in the context of of something being so hot it’s sizzling. 

Emoji: 🥩
Name:
Steak emoji
Meaning:
The steak emoji is most often used when talking about meat in general, barbeques and cookouts. 

Emoji: 🍗
Name:
Poultry leg/chicken leg emoji
Meaning:
The poultry leg emoji is most often used when talking about chicken or chicken legs. It is also often used when talking about chicken wings as there is currently no wing emoji. 

Emoji: 🍖
Name:
Meat on bone emoji
Meaning:
The meat-on-bone emoji is used in reference to barbeques, cooking meat and meat in general.

Fast Food Emoji Meanings 

Emoji: 🌭
Name:
Hot dog emoji
Meaning:
The hot dog emoji is typically used when talking about fast food, sporting events like baseball and wiener dogs. 

Emoji: 🍔
Name:
Hamburger emoji
Meaning:
The hamburger emoji depicts a classic hamburger or cheeseburger and is used when talking about burgers, barbeques and the summertime. 

Emoji: 🍟
Name:
French fries emoji
Meaning:
The french fries emoji is used in reference to fast food but more specifically McDonalds. 

Emoji: 🍕
Name:
Pizza emoji
Meaning:
The pizza emoji is representative of all types of pizza but can also be used as a way to express ‘I love you’. 

Emoji: 🌮
Name:
Taco emoji
Meaning:
The taco emoji is most commonly used to represent Mexican food and Mexican culture. 

Emoji: 🌯
Name:
Burrito emoji
Meaning:
The burrito emoji is used to express a desire for Mexican or Southwestern food and cuisine. 

Emoji: 🥪
Name:
Sandwich emoji
Meaning:
The sandwich emoji is a representation of one of the most popular food items. It’s commonly used when talking about meals or lunch. 

Emoji: 🍿
Name:
Popcorn emoji
Meaning:
The popcorn emoji is used when talking about movies, fairs or carnivals or when something interesting is happening. 

International and Seafood Food Emoji Meanings

Emoji: 🫓
Name:
Flatbread emoji
Meaning:
The flatbread emoji represents all different types of flatbreads, such as arepas, gorditas, pupusas, naan, lavash, matzah and pitas.  

Emoji: 🥙
Name:
Pita sandwich emoji
Meaning:
The pita sandwich emoji is used when talking about fast, easy and healthy lunch options and recipes. 

Emoji: 🧆
Name:
Falafel emoji
Meaning:
The falafel emoji is most commonly used when discussing Middle Eastern dishes and culture, vegetarian options and food in general.

Emoji: 🫔
Name:
Tamale emoji
Meaning:
The tamale emoji perfectly represents the traditional Mexican dish made of masa or dough, filled with meat, cheese and vegetables and steamed in a leaf wrapper. 

Emoji: 🥘
Name:
Pan of food emoji
Meaning:
The pan of food emoji represents all the different types of food and meals that can be cooked in a pan. 

Emoji: 🫕
Name:
Fondue emoji
Meaning:
The fondue emoji portrays the cheesy or chocolatey snack used to dip bread, fruits and vegetables. 

Emoji: 🥫
Name:
Can of food emoji
Meaning:
The can of food emoji represents all types of canned food and the canning process. It's most commonly used when talking about tomato sauce or soup. 

Emoji: 🍝
Name:
Spaghetti emoji
Meaning:
The spaghetti emoji is most commonly used when talking about all things Italy and Italian food. 

Emoji: 🍜
Name:
Steaming bowl/ramen emoji
Meaning:
The steaming bowl emoji is more typically used when talking about ramen and other steamy dishes or recipes. 

Emoji: 🍲
Name:
Pot of food emoji
Meaning:
The pot of food emoji depicts and is used when talking about any type of food or meal that can be cooked in a pot. 

Emoji: 🍛
Name:
Curry and rice emoji
Meaning:
The curry and rice emoji is representative of a popular Japanese or Indian dish and is often used when talking about a hearty or filling meal. 

Emoji: 🍣
Name:
Sushi emoji
Meaning:
The sushi emoji is used to refer to one of the most popular Japanese dishes in the world. It’s typically used when people are talking about their favorite foods or what they want to eat. 

Emoji: 🍱
Name:
Bento box emoji
Meaning:
The bento box emoji represents a traditional Japanese boxed lunch and is used when talking about meals in general.

Emoji: 🥟
Name:
Dumpling emoji
Meaning:
The dumpling emoji showcases the traditional Asian dish that is often used when talking about favorite meals or certain ingredients. 

Emoji: 🦪
Name:
Oyster emoji
Meaning:
The oyster emoji depicts food, but it can also represent ‘the world is your oyster’ and anything related to pearls. 

Emoji: 🍤
Name:
Fried shrimp emoji
Meaning:
The fried shrimp emoji is most typically used when talking about food, but it can also be used when feelings of anger, bitterness or spitefulness come through. 

Emoji: 🍙
Name:
Rice ball emoji
Meaning:
The rice ball emoji, also known as onigiri, portrays a delicious snack or meal and can be used when trying different types of food.

Emoji: 🍚
Name:
Cooked rice emoji
Meaning:
The cooked rice emoji represents a bowl of plain rice and is normally used when referencing specific dishes in which you eat with rice. 

Emoji: 🍘
Name:
Rice cracker emoji
Meaning:
The rice cracker emoji represents a Japanese senbei wrapped in a sheet of nori or seaweed. 

Emoji: 🍥
Name:
Fish cake with swirl design emoji
Meaning:
The fishcake emoji represents narutomaki, a type of kamaboko. Kamaboko is a fish cake made from surimi, salt, sugar, egg whites, fish sauce and sake. 

Emoji: 🥠
Name:
Fortune cookie emoji
Meaning:
The fortune cookie emoji is often used to wish for good luck or to hope for something good to happen. 

Emoji: 🥮
Name:
Mooncake emoji
Meaning:
The mooncake emoji is often used to mark the Mid-Autumn festival which is celebrated in communities all over the world, but especially in Asia. 

Emoji: 🍢
Name:
Oden emoji
Meaning:
The Oden emoji portrays the traditional Japanese dish of fish cakes, eggs and radishes served on a skewer. 

Emoji: 🍡
Name:
Dango emoji
Meaning:
The dango emoji represents the sweet Japanese dumpling made from rice flour and served on a skewer. 

Dessert and Nut Emoji Meanings 

Emoji: 🍧
Name:
Shaved ice emoji
Meaning:
The shaved ice emoji can be used to represent a wide range of frozen desserts, warm weather and tropical locations. 

Emoji: 🍨
Name:
Ice cream emoji
Meaning:
The ice cream emoji is perfect to use on a hot summer day or when talking about eating a sweet treat. 

Emoji: 🍦
Name:
Soft ice cream/ice cream cone emoji
Meaning:
The soft ice cream or ice cream cone emoji is typically used when talking about summer and enjoying ice cream on the go. 

Emoji: 🥧
Name:
Pie emoji
Meaning:
The pic emoji is commonly used when talking about the popular dessert and is heavily used when talking about PI and on PI day.

Emoji: 🧁
Name:
Cupcake emoji
Meaning:
The cupcake emoji is most often used when talking about baking, birthdays and something sweet or having a sweet tooth. 

Emoji: 🍰
Name:
Shortcake emoji
Meaning:
The shortcake emoji is used when talking about celebrations where you would normally have a cake like birthdays, anniversaries and more.

Emoji: 🎂
Name:
Birthday cake emoji
Meaning:
The birthday cake emoji often accompanies birthday posts and well wishes to whoever’s birthday it is. 

Emoji: 🍮
Name:
Custard emoji
Meaning:
The custard emoji is typically used to represent any sort of custard-like dessert like crème brûlée.

Emoji: 🍭
Name:
Lollipop emoji
Meaning:
The lollipop emoji represents all sweet treats that bring childlike joy and fun to any situation. 

Emoji: 🍬
Name:
Candy emoji
Meaning:
The candy emoji is used when talking about anything sweet or a specific candy that there isn’t already an emoji for. 

Emoji: 🍫
Name:
Chocolate bar emoji
Meaning:
The chocolate bar emoji stands as the only representation of chocolate in the wide collection of emojis. It is often used when talking about the popular treat or in conjunction with other emojis that pair well with chocolate. 

Emoji: 🍩
Name:
Donut emoji
Meaning:
The donut emoji represents sweetness, indulgence and desserts in general. It is also sometimes used when talking about ‘The Simpsons’. 

Emoji: 🍪
Name:
Cookie emoji
Meaning:
The cookie emoji represents all types of cookies and cookie-like items. It depicts one of the most popular variations of cookies: chocolate chip. 

Emoji: 🍯
Name:
Honey pot emoji
Meaning:
The honey pot emoji can represent sweets and desserts and is also commonly used to refer to a partner as ‘honey’.

Emoji: 🌰
Name:
Chestnut emoji
Meaning:
The chestnut emoji is most commonly used in cooler climates during the autumn and winter months. It can also be used heavily around Christmas time. 

Emoji: 🥜
Name:
Peanuts emoji
Meaning:
The peanuts emoji represents actual peanuts and other nuts and is also used metaphorically when someone or something is ‘nuts’. 

Drink Emoji Meanings

Emoji: 🥛
Name:
Glass of milk emoji
Meaning:
The glass of milk emoji represents and can be used to show consuming or drinking a simple glass of white milk. 

Emoji: 🫗
Name
: Pouring liquid emoji
Meaning:
The pouring liquid emoji represents something being poured out or spilled. It can also refer to ‘spilling’ information. 

Emoji: 🍼
Name:
Baby bottle emoji
Meaning:
The baby bottle emoji is typically used when talking about babies, baby announcements or baby showers. 

Emoji: 🫖
Name
: Teapot emoji
Meaning:
The teapot emoji represents literal tea but is more commonly used when talking about figurative tea or gossip. 

Emoji: ☕️
Name:
Hot beverage/coffee emoji
Meaning:
The hot beverage emoji is most commonly used when referring to coffee and needing coffee first thing in the morning. 

Emoji: 🍵
Name:
Teacup without handle emoji
Meaning:
The teacup without the handle emoji is representative of tea, other hot beverages, calmness and relaxation.  

Emoji: 🧃
Name:
Juice box emoji
Meaning:
The juice box emoji is usually used to simply represent boxes of juice or other drinks that can be drunk with a straw. 

Emoji: 🧋
Name:
Boba tea emoji
Meaning:
The boba tea emoji represents the popular Taiwanese drink which is made with sweetened tea, milk and tapioca balls. 

Emoji: 🍶
Name:
Sake bottle and cup emoji
Meaning:
The sake bottle and cup emoji depicts a carafe of Japanese rice wine paired with a traditional sake cup. This emoji is used when talking about or drinking sake.

Emoji: 🍺
Name:
Beer mug emoji
Meaning:
The beer mug emoji is one of the more popular drink emojis and is used when talking about beer, alcoholic beverages and parties. 

Emoji: 🍻
Name:
Clinking beer mugs emoji
Meaning:
The clinking beer mugs emoji depicts a cheers or a toast. It is typically used when celebrating something good and exciting. 

Emoji: 🥂
Name:
Clinking glasses emoji
Meaning:
The clinking glasses emoji is a celebratory emoji used when congratulating or celebrating something great. 

Emoji: 🍷
Name:
Wine glass/red wine emoji
Meaning:
The wine glass emoji shows a wine glass full of red wine and is often used in any conversations relating to wine, wineries and relaxation. 

Emoji: 🥃
Name:
Tumbler glass emoji
Meaning:
The tumbler glass emoji is used when talking about brown liquids or alcohols like whiskey or scotch.  

Emoji: 🍸
Name:
Cocktail glass/martini emoji
Meaning:
The cocktail glass or martini emoji represents the most popular cocktails. It is often used when talking about specific drinks or a night out. 

Emoji: 🍹
Name:
Tropical drink emoji
Meaning:
The tropical drink emoji is best used when talking about vacations, relaxing and fun drinks. 

Emoji: 🧉
Name: Maté emoji
Meaning:
The maté emoji showcases the popular caffeinated drink in various South American countries. It can also represent a coconut drink.  

Emoji: 🍾
Name:
Bottle with popping cork/champagne emoji
Meaning:
The champagne emoji is the epitome of celebration. It is used when celebrating big life events like birthdays, promotions, engagements and more. 

Emoji: 🧊
Name: Ice emoji
Meaning:
The ice emoji is most often used when talking about something that is cold or something that needs to be cooled down. 

Other Food and Drink-Related Emoji Meanings

Emoji: 🥄
Name:
Spoon emoji
Meaning:
The spoon emoji is used when talking about cooking or eating. It can also be used when talking about being the ‘big’ or ‘little’ spoon. 

Emoji: 🍴🍽
Name:
Fork and knife/with plate emoji
Meaning:
The fork and knife and fork and knife with plate emojis are used when talking about having a meal or sitting down to eat. 

Emoji: 🥣
Name:
Bowl with spoon emoji
Meaning:
The bowl with spoon emoji is used most often in reference to food that you eat with a bowl and spoon like soup or cereal. 

Emoji: 🥤
Name:
To-go cup emoji
Meaning:
The to-go cup emoji is used when talking about going out to eat or drinking something on the go.

Emoji: 🥡
Name:
Takeout box emoji
Meaning:
The takeout box emoji is most commonly used to represent Chinese takeout and other food you may eat out. 

Emoji: 🥢
Name:
Chopsticks emoji
Meaning:
The chopsticks emoji is typically used when talking about eating Asian dishes like noodles. 

Emoji: 🧂
Name:
Salt emoji
Meaning:
The salt emoji can be used when something is overly salty, whether it be food or someone's attitude. 

Emoji: 🦴
Name:
Bone emoji
Meaning:
The bone emoji is most commonly used to represent bones, the skeletal system or talks of injury or death. 

Emoji: 🫙
Name:
Jar emoji
Meaning:
The jar emoji is used when talking about anything that comes in a jar from pickles to jellies and more. 

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