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

Other Words from crayon


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

Examples of crayon in a Sentence

Noun The drawing is done in crayon.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Today, the most common way to decorate a pysanka involves a stylus, some beeswax and multiple dips in dye—reminiscent of using a white crayon to draw designs when dying Easter eggs. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2022 Published in 1955, Crockett Johnson’s book follows Harold, a four-year-old who, with the power of his crayon, created worlds around him. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2022 Elsewhere, kids can mold putty to an egg and then add patterns, arrange magnets to create a scene of animals eating and create a trackway by rubbing a crayon over patterns of footprints. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Mar. 2022 One clue to the paintings’ authenticity may lie with the cardboard on which Basquiat would have applied his layers of paint, crayon, and oilstick. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Here are the viral memes turning the goldfish and crayon-loving figure into a current-day phenomenon. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2022 Periwinkle the crayon was introduced to the original eight-pack of Crayola colors in a group of 40 new shades back in 1949. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 14 Dec. 2021 However, the images were not colored with a brown crayon. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 What to do, for example, with the old-timey telephone in a room full of ferns, or the giant crayon in a locker room? Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'crayon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best kids' desks.

Learn More About crayon

Dictionary Entries Near crayon



crayon board

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for crayon

Last Updated

16 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Crayon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for crayon


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


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!