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What is a checkmark?

Check marks or ticks are used to show something is correct, chosen, complete, or verified.

The tick โœ” comes from the letter V in the latin word โ€œveritasโ€ which means truth.

Unlike other symbols, there's not a lot going on with these, so once you've read this article, you'll know everything worth knowing about checkmarks and similar symbols.

When to use a checkmark?

Exams and Quizzes

Exams and quizzes are often marked with ticks and crosses.

Though using a tick โœ” to mean correct is not universal.

Japan and Korea use circles โญ• for a correct answer, and a slash /, cross โœ˜, or tick โœ“ for an incorrect answer.

The Netherlands, Indonesia, South Africa and Suriname use the flourish of approval for correct answers. (sadly there is no unicode symbol for this)

Finland and Sweden both use a tick mark to mean incorrect.

What do ๐Ÿ’ฏ and ๐Ÿ’ฎ mean?

You might be wondering why these emojis appear on this page, or why theyโ€™re part of emoji at all. Both evoke nostalgia in Japan โ€” the birth place of emoji โ€” where theyโ€™re used to mark school work.

๐Ÿ’ฏ One Hundred Points Symbol

This one simply means you got full marks, or 100%.

๐Ÿ’ฎ Hanamaru

Hanamaru is a stamp or drawing a teacher would use on a particularly good piece of work. Sometimes this emoji is rendered with the phrase โ€œyou did very wellโ€ and sometimes as the drawn version โ€” a scribbled spiral with petals drawn around it.


Ballot papers use check boxes โ€” a box with a cross or tick โ€” to denote a chosen candidate, party or measure. An empty box is left for unchosen items.

Correct Choice โ˜
Popular Choice โ˜‘

To-do lists

To-do lists often use a check mark to mean that an item is complete. Crosses โœ˜, and strikethroughs are also used. If you'd like to use strikethroght text, checkout the beautiful dingbats' strikethrough generator.

Check marks alt-codes ๐Ÿ’ค

alt-code html entity
โœ“ 2713 โœ“
โœ” 2714 โœ”
โœ— 2717 โœ—
โœ˜ 2718 โœ˜
โ˜ 2610 โ˜
โ˜‘ 2611 โ˜‘
โ˜’ 2612 โ˜’
โญ• 2B55 โญ•
๐Ÿ’ฏ 1F4AF ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐Ÿ’ฎ 1F4AE ๐Ÿ’ฎ
โœ… 2705 โœ…
๐Ÿ—ณ 1F5F3 ๐Ÿ—ณ
first published โ€” 28 November 2019
last update โ€” 28 November 2019