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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Other Words from crayon


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

Examples of crayon in a Sentence


The drawing is done in crayon.

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At the moment, my son’s passion is melting crayons all over the living room radiator. Jason Gay, WSJ, "An Idiot’s Guide to Bribing and Cheating Your Way Into College," 13 Mar. 2019 Swennen notes that the wax of a crayon or a banana peel can help unjam a zipper, too. Ana Colón, Glamour, "8 Red Carpet Fashion Hacks Celebrity Stylists Swear By," 18 Jan. 2019 Even today, the scent of a brand new box of crayons takes me back immediately. Stella Parton, Country Living, "My Family Was Poor But the Kindness of Strangers Made Christmas Possible," 17 Nov. 2017 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

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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 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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