draw·​ing | \ ˈdrȯ(-)iŋ How to pronounce drawing (audio) \

Definition of drawing

1 : an act or instance of drawing especially : the process of deciding something by drawing lots
2 : the art or technique of representing an object or outlining a figure, plan, or sketch by means of lines
3 : something drawn or subject to drawing: such as
a : an amount drawn from a fund
b : a representation formed by drawing : sketch

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of drawing in a Sentence

She made a drawing of my house. with an economy of lines, he created a vivid drawing of the tree
Recent Examples on the Web The Rolling Cash 5 jackpot for the next drawing is $130,000 for hitting all five numbers and the odds of winning are 1-in-575,757. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots top $350 million combined; Thursday’s Ohio Lottery results," 15 May 2020 The planetary neighbors would act like humans as well; the Digest supplemented its story with a drawing of two visitors arriving, via flying saucer, on Earth. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "After the Handshake," 11 May 2020 The butterflies join Grande's massive collection of ink, which currently includes over 30 tattoos, from a drawing of the moon on her hand to the Pokémon Eevee. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "Ariana Grande Just Revealed Two New Tattoos On Instagram," 4 May 2020 Some of his illustrations, including a Time cover drawing of Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong playing table tennis, ended up in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. BostonGlobe.com, "Mort Drucker, Master of the Mad Caricature, Is Dead at 91," 10 Apr. 2020 Ford spokesperson Mike Levine posted a drawing of the new respirator design on Twitter, noting that one concept uses the seat fan from an F-150 (pictured above). Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Automakers Step Up to Challenge of Helping in Coronavirus Pandemic," 24 Mar. 2020 For her first tattoo of the session, Miley chose a literal work of art: a nude drawing of a woman by the artist Henri Matisse. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson Went on a Tattoo Date," 4 Mar. 2020 In mid-February a Bullhead City police detective noticed that someone had created a parody Facebook account for the western Arizona city, complete with the city's seal, which is a drawing of a large fish swimming below the Hoover Dam. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Whoops. Facebook deleted this Arizona city's page when it meant to remove a parody account," 2 Mar. 2020 Pritzlaff hardware ads found in catalogs in the building have been enlarged and framed; drawings of company founder John Pritzlaff and his wife, a gift from a descendant, hang in the space. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Aperitivo downtown starts its European-style happy hour soon, with free food," 27 Feb. 2020

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

See More

First Known Use of drawing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about drawing

Time Traveler for drawing

Time Traveler

The first known use of drawing was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for drawing

Last Updated

19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drawing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawing. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for drawing


How to pronounce drawing (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drawing

: a picture, image, etc., that is made by making lines on a surface with a pencil, pen, marker, chalk, etc., but usually not with paint
: the act or art of making a picture, image, etc., with a pencil, pen, marker, chalk, etc., but usually not with paint
US : an act of choosing something (such as a winning ticket) from a group without knowing which one you are choosing


draw·​ing | \ ˈdrȯ-iŋ How to pronounce drawing (audio) \

Kids Definition of drawing

1 : a picture created by making lines on a surface
2 : the act or art of creating a picture, plan, or sketch by making lines on a surface
3 : an act or instance of picking something at random Who won the drawing?

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on drawing

What made you want to look up drawing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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