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 At the top was a dark blue drawing, running nearly the width of the page, that showed the cross-section of a multilevel residence. Peter Tonguette, National Review, "Ray Bradbury: What He Foresaw," 15 Oct. 2020 In the front left, a drawing made by my studio manager’s [young] son, Donatello. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, "86-Year-Old Artist Sam Gilliam Looks Back on a Tumultuous, Legendary Life," 13 Oct. 2020 The FlexiSpot is great for writing, drawing, and laptop use, and comes in different colors and sizes—black and mahogany, with widths from 32 to 42 inches. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best standing desks for mobility and comfort," 12 Oct. 2020 June Linowitz’s sculptural drawing, mixed-media and monochromatic, foregrounds a mask, a few thin levels above a set of wary eyes. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Unique and unexpected perspectives on this moment in time," 2 Oct. 2020 Creative types, open your browsers: Orange County Library System is hosting a virtual Art Week full of classes focused on painting, drawing, music, poetry and more. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange County library hosts virtual Art Week with painting, music and more," 29 Sep. 2020 The first drawing will be Monday, Nov. 2, the day before Election Day. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park chamber’s raffle gives you a chance to win every Monday for a year," 11 Sep. 2020 The drawing of the grand prize winner will be on Nov. 15. courant.com, "Community news for the Enfield edition," 4 Sep. 2020 On another was a drawing of George Floyd’s smiling face. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Exhilarating Jolt of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Wildcat Strike," 27 Aug. 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

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drawing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawing. Accessed 27 Oct. 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).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

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!