cray·​on | \ ˈkrā-ˌän, -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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Other Words from crayon


crayonist \ ˈkrā-​ə-​nist \ noun

Examples of crayon in a Sentence


The drawing is done in crayon.

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Cable news draws pictures in crayon, in bold primary colors that turn politics into cartoons. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "America Is Addicted to Outrage. Is There a Cure?," 30 Nov. 2018 Peel the wrapping paper off of the crayons (optional), and glue them to the canvas. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "How to Make Melted Crayon Art," 24 Aug. 2018 Still, the wreckage of six children and two dogs is everywhere in evidence: chewed pillows, fights underway, dirty dishes on the table, crayons on the floor. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018 Clark, on the other hand, has dark opinions about coffee and instead ritualizes the slow steep of first-flush Dragon Well green tea or silver-needle white tea, a daily moment of Zen not always easily found among the crystals and crayons. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "A chef and a designer feather their North Beach nest," 9 Apr. 2018 In the campaign photo, Moss is wearing the brand's Fineliner ultra-skinny gel eye crayon in (grape)vine, which is one of five limited-edition colors debuting in the spring. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Moss's Daughter Lila Just Landed Her First Beauty Contract," 4 Oct. 2018 The iconic crayon company has launched Crayola Beauty, a line of eyeshadows, blushes, mascaras, and more, in conjunction with beauty and fashion brand ASOS. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Crayola Launches Makeup Line," 6 June 2018 The best match came from a soft ocher crayon with a pointed tip about 1.3 to 3.3mm across. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The oldest drawing in the world was done with an ocher crayon," 12 Sep. 2018 There are plenty of chubby lipstick imitators, but the Lipstick Queen mini lip crayons will give you lasting coverage that feels great on your lips and looks fabulous all day long. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "This Incredible Lip Color Feels Like Balm But Looks Like Lipstick," 14 Jan. 2015

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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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English Language Learners Definition of crayon

: a stick of colored wax that is used for drawing


cray·​on | \ ˈkrā-ˌän, -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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