cray·​on | \ ˈkrā-ˌän How to pronounce crayon (audio) , -ən also ˈkran \

Definition of crayon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a stick of white or colored chalk or of colored wax used for writing or drawing
2 : a crayon drawing


crayoned; crayoning; crayons

Definition of crayon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to draw with a crayon

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crayonist \ ˈkrā-​ə-​nist How to pronounce crayonist (audio) \ noun

Examples of crayon in a Sentence

Noun The drawing is done in crayon.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some also called for people to stop buying products owned by Hallmark, such as greeting cards and Crayola crayons. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Hallmark Channel faces backlash after it pulled ads featuring same-sex couples," 15 Dec. 2019 School supply lists often mention name-brand items such as Clorox wipes or Crayola crayons. Author: Laura Daily, Anchorage Daily News, "How to save money during back-to-school mania this year," 11 Aug. 2019 Kids can see how crayons are made and check out 21 other attractions at the Crayola Experience in the Shops at Willow Bend. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "Looking for winter family fun? Try Dallas-Fort Worth’s museums, aquariums and indoor play places," 10 Jan. 2020 With sequins and crayons scattered across the table, children carefully added designs to paper mittens in front of them. Mj Slaby, Indianapolis Star, "Season for Sharing: Auntie Mame’s builds community with lessons for children and parents," 19 Dec. 2019 But crayon cuties have new products to look forward to once their favorites are all gone. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Supa Cent Makes Another $1.3 million In One Hour With The Crayon Case Sale," 3 Dec. 2019 Turns out, the screen star is pretty handy with crayons and markers, too. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Actor Paul Giamatti, mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee join Houstonians at Denali Foundation gala in NYC," 30 Oct. 2019 While other little girls had crayons, dolls and jump ropes, Jasmine Sanders had prestige beauty products as her favorite playthings. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Simple Pleasures," 22 Oct. 2019 My children grabbed a couple of their favorite books, a stuffed animal, and a coloring book with some crayons. Angela Anagnost-repke, Good Housekeeping, "Child Therapists Explain How to Stop Your Kids' After-School Meltdowns for Good," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of crayon


1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crayon


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

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The first known use of crayon was in 1644

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crayon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce crayon (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crayon

: a stick of colored wax that is used for drawing


cray·​on | \ ˈkrā-ˌän How to pronounce crayon (audio) , -ən \

Kids Definition of crayon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a stick of colored wax or sometimes chalk used for writing or drawing


crayoned; crayoning

Kids Definition of crayon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to draw or color with a crayon

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