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

Noun The drawing is done in crayon.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the 9-3 loss to the Nationals on Friday at Wrigley Field was anything but a work of art by the Cubs, who seemed to be working with crayons instead of oils while watching their five-game winning streak snapped. Paul Sullivan,, "Jon Lester struggles again, and the Cubs muster only 3 hits in a 9-3 loss to the Nationals, snapping their winning streak at 5," 22 Aug. 2019 There are screens to create animation and some good-old colored pencils and crayons next to a stack of paper on worktables. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "North End brings a new look, new events center and Angry Birds to Minnesota State Fair," 21 Aug. 2019 Along with baby wipes for students who aren't potty-trained, Moskowitz bought markers, sidewalk chalk and jumbo crayons — good for children in occupational therapy. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "'Ridiculous': Teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for first day of school," 29 Aug. 2019 Over the course of two weeks the artist set the stage by making the first marks with a sepia tone crayon for each distinct image. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Dallas exhibition of art star Francesco Clemente was years in the making — and worth the wait," 1 Aug. 2019 At the time, Kittredge didn’t have enough money to buy his mother a Christmas present, so the 16-year-old Massachusetts native decided to melt a few crayons together and gift her his homemade candle instead. Hanna Flanagan,, "Yankee Candle Founder Michael Kittredge II Dies at 67," 26 July 2019 Strop, though, thinks it’s because Puig is a few crayons short of a full set. Jon Tayler,, "The Home Run Derby Field Looks Loaded," 2 July 2019 The special education teacher would need finger puppets, jumbo crayons and sidewalk chalk for her 5- and 6-year-olds. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "'Ridiculous': Teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for first day of school," 29 Aug. 2019 So when his love of crayons and markers extended to coloring the floors and walls, Georgia began supplying Christoforos with pads of paper. Cindy Cantrell,, "Three local authors share their stories," 13 June 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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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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