crayon

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noun

cray·​on ˈkrā-ˌän How to pronounce crayon (audio)
-ən,
 also  ˈkran
1
: a stick of white or colored chalk or of colored wax used for writing or drawing
2
: a crayon drawing

crayon

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verb

crayoned; crayoning; crayons

transitive verb

: to draw with a crayon
crayonist noun

Examples of crayon in a Sentence

Noun The drawing is done in crayon.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Imagine a room where everything is supersized – from toys to crayons – creating an environment where kids are literally living in their play world. Jordi Lippe-McGraw, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 After the eggs are colored and dried, wipe off the crayon and the name will appear in white. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The photo also revealed a sweet get-well-soon note with crayon hearts signed by the couple's older daughter, Helen, 5. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 7 Jan. 2024 As an 8-year-old, Jefferson wrote a few letters to his grandparents in crayon, all of which were returned unopened. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2023 Each play pack includes a mini coloring book, mini crayons, and a sticker. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 7 Feb. 2024 Together with her crayons, Avery learns to manage her emotions. Taryn Mohrman, wsj.com, 8 Dec. 2023 In the corner of the frame, a pack of blue and yellow crayons neighbored a fork while a hand reached across the rows of professional athletes. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 29 Dec. 2023 Kristen Arnett, a makeup artist, educator and image consultant in Tucson, Ariz., suggests these vegan, multi-use crayons for eyes, lips and cheeks, which are packaged in recyclable cardboard plastic-free cases. Leigh-Ann Jackson, wsj.com, 11 Dec. 2023
Verb
Children tape crayoned train drawings to the corridor walls and make soap artwork on the windows. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

French, crayon, pencil, from diminutive of craie chalk, from Latin creta

First Known Use

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crayon was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Crayon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crayon. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

crayon

1 of 2 noun
cray·​on ˈkrā-ˌän How to pronounce crayon (audio)
-ən;
ˈkran
: a stick of white or colored chalk or of colored wax used for writing or drawing

crayon

2 of 2 verb
: to draw or color with a crayon
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