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What Does XO Mean?XO means "Hugs & Kisses" and "Executive Officer." It is also the name of as Canadian record label. Here's a little more information of about each of the main definitions of the abbreviation XO. (Examples of use can be found below.)
Hugs & KissesXO is widely used in written and typed messages with the meaning "Hugs & Kisses." In this context, XO is typically used as an affectionate salutation at the end of a message between friends or family members. However, it may also be used by intimate partners. (The use of XO can be similar to the use of a single letter "X," as explained at XX (Kisses).)
The origins of the use of XO to mean "Hugs & Kisses" are unclear. The letter "X" is well established in the English-speaking world as meaning "Kiss," but the use of "O" to mean "Hug" seems to be a relatively recent development. In any case, "Hugs & Kisses" should, of course, be abbreviated as OX.(XO should mean "Kisses & Hugs.")
"Hugs & Kisses" can also be abbreviated as:
Record LabelXO is also the name of a Canadian record label, founded in 2011, by singer The Weekend (Abel Makkonen Tesfaye). Artists signed to XO have enjoyed considerable success on the Billboard 200. The label now represents (or has represented) acts such as, Derek Wise, The Weekend, Belly, La Mar Taylor and Nav.
Executive OfficerIn military circles, the abbreviation XO is used with the meaning "Executive Officer." The XO is the primary assistant to the CO (Commanding Officer) and is typically responsible for the administration of a unit or ship.
First Definition for XO"Hugs & Kisses" is the most common definition for XO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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Second Definition for XOXO is also the name of a Canadian record label.
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Third Definition for XO"Executive Officer" is the most common definition for XO in military circles.
Image for XOWhen I write XO, I mean this:
XO also means "Executive Officer."
Examples of XO in SentencesHere are examples of XO being used in conversations:
- Joni: Really looking forward to seeing you at the weekend. XO. (Here, XO means "Hugs & Kisses.")
- Soldier: Excuse me Sergeant, can I get a pass at the end of next month? I have to go to my nephew's bar mitzvah.
- Sergeant: We are on maneuvers all next month. You will have to speak to the XO. (Here, XO means "Executive Officer.")
An Academic Look at XOWhen used with the meaning "Hugs & Kisses," XO is an icon, i.e., a symbol that represents something. Basically, it's a picture. Other examples of icons are: initialism abbreviation. However, as the letter "X" in English is actually pronounced "Ex," the initial "E" of "Executive" has been dropped in favor of the slicker sounding "X".
What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?The use of XO to mean both "Hugs & Kisses" and "Executive Officer" predates the digital era.
Example of XO Used in a Text
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