Love is not just the most powerful emotion, it’s the most popular one too. Everything and everybody is all about love on some level. No, not the physical love we’re all overly used to, but love in its purest, kindest, softest, mildest, and most genuine form. Love, like all other emotions, is different for different people. It’s both expressed and felt with different intensities.
Love could be a brush on the hand, a text message, a phone call, a letter, a hug, a gesture of kindness, inclusivity, acceptance, or even saying “I love you”. Whatever may be your way of showing love, this list hopes to cover that, and all the possible ways of saying that you love someone.
Since love is often shown with a heart, brace up for lots of heart emojis.
❤️ Heart Emoji
Heart shapes in general, have been the typical symbol of love for a while now. These symbols innately mean love and are interpreted as such even without verbatim. However, there are different colors in the heart-shaped emojis, each representing a different kind of love.
- ❤️ Red Heart – Romantic love
- 💛 Yellow Heart – Familial love/Warm love
- 💜 Purple Heart – Love for richness/Rich love
- 💙 Blue Heart – Love for an acquaintance
- 🧡 Orange Heart – Cheerful love/ Grateful love
- 💚 Green Heart – Love for the earth/One love
- 🤍 White Heart – Neutral love
- 🖤 Black Heart – Deep love/Mysterious love
- 🤎 Brown Heart – Deep-rooted love
Kisses are one of the physical ways of showing love. The kind of kiss depends on the kind of love you’re showing at that moment. Puckered lips are nonetheless the mark of closeness, which can turn into intimacy based on who’s on the other side.
😘 is usually the ‘kiss emoji’ that’s used for everyone you love without exclusivity. Other neutral kissing emojis include 😙 Kissing Face With Smiling Eyes, 😗 Kissing Face, and 😚 Kissing Face With Closed Eyes.
Scroll to know the “exclusive kiss emoji”.
Now this one’s a kiss you’d save for the one(s) you get naked with. Kiss marks are often read as signs of intimacy, the kind that’s generally saved for the best.
Though these are just emojis and can be used for anyone and anything, each emoji carries its own essence, which ought to be honored. Using the present interpretation of 💋 (seduction, romance, and sexuality) as a way of showing love online can go very wrong if sent to the wrong receiver.
🤟 is hands down the sweetest way to tell someone that you love them. If you wish to climb down a few notches down the mainstream sexualized and physical world only to enjoy the simpler things in life and genuine feelings of love, 🤟 is the perfect ‘love emoji’ for you.
Love letters used to be the language of love before text messages and technology came around. Everything that happened between two or more people who love each other, happened via handwritten letters.
This trend may have passed and even become irreversible in the current day and age, but we can all agree on the beauty and preciousness of handwritten love letters. It’s now what songs are made of.
Giving all the love and receiving none is a tragedy. This emoji validates that necessary and important part of love; reception. 🥰 suggests that you feel loved. With all those hearts floating around the face, love is literally in the air and the smile in this emoji shows that you’ve inhaled a good amount of that atmosphere.
The intention and the idea of love behind this emoji are in the name and the illustration, of course. It’s the love between two people, not necessarily one that’s romantic. 💕 can also signify familial love. But, ensure that you’re enough in love for the heart to turn red.
This emoji is the same as the previous, just with some movement between the hearts. 💞 can be the emoji way of saying “you’re my world” or “you’re my everything” because here, you’re clearly revolving around each other. Yes, each heart represents each person in the relationship.
We all know how many colorful roses actually exist. But the emoji world stuck with the red rose for some reason. Like the red heart, the 🌹 red rose too is a mark of romance or a significantly deep relationship. However, you may use 🌹 as a generic rose (ignoring the color) and apply it in non-romantic contexts as well.
Love can be many things when you’re in the physical world. Sure it’s the best thing to fall in love inside out, but sometimes, it’s also great to appreciate the cover too, because someone worked really hard on it.
😍 is that kind of love. It’s when you love what you see, read or hear. Although the love expressed with this emoji is a reaction to happenings on the surface level and with the apparent element of physicality, it does not negate the love there is. No matter the amount.
Love is like a seed. Cliche, yes, but hang on, it could get better. It grows best when planted in the right place. Love never reduces in such a situation, it only expands until it fills up, or grows unconditionally, in this case. That kind of love is showcased with 💗. The growing heart symbolizes growing love, fondness, tenderness, care, respect, understanding, and all that magic.
Say what you want, but 💘 is the heart that held Romeo and Juliet together. Tragic love. Cupid’s arrow piercing through a red heart, which is supposed to represent the human heart is a painful sight, as much as it’s the image of “intense love”. 💘 is quick love. It’s the kind that arrives, hurts, and leaves. Fleeting love. But, all that? It leaves behind a wound and then a scar because it hurts, remember?
🏩 is the establishment of love. The physical establishment. It’s a place that houses a lot of physical love. This emoji depicts adult love because that’s usually when sex is included as an active way of showing and enjoying love. You could book a room in 🏩 to look at the stars, hold hands and talk about life, but all of that would eventually end somewhere between the sheets. Hence, the “love hotel”.
An ❗ Exclamation Mark in the English language is the punctuation of excitement, friendliness, approachability, light-heartedness, and jovialness. This eagerness teamed with a red heart translates to these traits but expressed towards something you love. ❣️ is the embodiment of love and cheer.
Using an animal to show your love either shows that you’re shy, awkward, or distanced/distancing from unwanted advances. 😽 does that job, but with a kiss. So, when you do need to kiss and tell, a cat would help neutralize things and hopefully keep them away. Bonus if they don’t like cats!
There are some subtle moments of love that we may come across our entire time here on earth. These moments help restore our faith in humanity and also act as an inspiration for ourselves to be better people. Such instances of kindness and warmth are worth framing. In a figure of speech. So, when you’re referring to such brief but impactful moments of love, 💟 is the emoji you should use.
This emoji is actually called the “Couple With Heart: Woman, Woman”. We just concised it.
👩❤️👩 is an obvious sign of love showcased between the ladies. There are greater chances that this is romantic love given the bright red heart in between their heads. But, 👩❤️👩 can be open to interpretation.
This emoji is evidence that the relationship between these two persons is romantic. It cannot be any other way, for sure. 👩❤️💋👨 highlights the most popular definitions of love in the current world. Love, in many cultures and places in the world, is viewed and understood as an emotion limited only to romance. Hence, it’s the most popular, because there are many types of love.
This 👩❤️💋👨 couple emoji shows a man and a woman leaning in for a kiss, but there are other genders that are very much in love as well – the 💏 Gender-Neutral Couple Kissing (pardon if this one’s being eaten up by a heterosexual emoji), 👨❤️💋👨 Gay Couple Kissing, and 👩❤️💋👩 Lesbian Couple Kissing.
If we could describe cliched love songs with a single emoji, it would be 💓. It’s the heart that beats for the lover. This emoji is not just cheesy as hell, but it’s also been overwritten and overused so much that sadly, a beating heart is now a cliche. Apart from that, 💓 is a wonderful symbol to show that you’re alive or feeling alive.
This 👩👩👦👦 emoji portrays familial love. It symbolizes the affection, security, and belonging that holds a family and its members together. This love is usually the norm for a family, but it doesn’t always apply to everyone.
Anyhoo. There are many other family emojis too, with different parents and different children –
- 👩👩👦 Two Moms and a Son
👩👩👧 Two Moms and a Daughter
👩👩👧👧 Two Moms and Two Daughters
👩👩👧👦 Two Moms, a Daughter, and a Son
- 👩👧 Mom and Daughter
👩👦 Mom and Son
👩👦👦 Mom and Two Sons
👩👧👧 Mom and Two Daughters
👩👧👦 Mom, a Daughter, and a Son
- 👨👧👦 Dad, a Daughter, and a Son
👨👧 Dad and Daughter
👨👧👧 Dad and Two Daughters
👨👦👦 Dad and Two Sons
👨👦 Dad and Son
- 👨👨👧 Two Dads and a Daughter
👨👨👦 Two Dads and a Son
👨👨👧👦 Two Dads, a Daughter, and a Son
👨👨👦👦 Two Dads and Two Sons
👨👨👧👧 Two Dads and Two Daughters
- 👨👩👧 Mom, Dad, and Daughter
👨👩👦 Mom, Dad, and Son
👨👩👦👦 Mom, Dad, and Two Sons
👨👩👧👦 Mom, Dad, a Son, and a Daughter
👨👩👧👧 Mom, Dad, and Two Daughters
Each parent has their own individual love to share with their child. Though there are some ways of showing love that is completely off the charts and abnormal, there is no specific right way to it. As special as a child is, the parent is that much unique, and 👨🍼 marks that parental love, in this case, fatherly love.
The connection between a pregnant woman and the child growing within her is very similar to our connection with the earth. Humans are inseparable from the planet. Sure many hardly realize this bond and very few take the moment to savor and secure it, but it’s there, regardless. That deep and almost spiritual connection embedded in love between a pregnant lady and the child in her belly is shown with 🤰.
This motherly nourishment and unmatchable love between the two is furthered after delivery with the 🤱 Breastfeeding Mom.
A burning heart suggests burning love or blazing love, even. But, the flame here is not burning down the heart, but rather keeping it too hot to touch. ❤️🔥 signifies that flaming passion. It could symbolize lust, infatuation, sexual tension or sexual validation, the passion between lovers, or our favorite, heartburn.
Love is one of the best emotions. Expressing, receiving, and holding it together feels right because it feels good. Even though all love is the same to some degree, we’ve compartmentalized it to a manageable level and with logical reasons. So, If you’re referring to any love, we hope this list is helpful.