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

Synonyms for drawing


Visit the Thesaurus 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 Responses can be submitted anonymously, although those who provide contact information will be entered in a drawing for three historically themed gift baskets. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "Metro briefs: Anoka County Library rolls out new app," 27 Mar. 2021 The five-year-old acknowledged how much her dad misses his own mother in her sweet letter, which was accompanied by a drawing of a heart. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Share Letters Their Kids Wrote to "Granny Diana" for Mothering Sunday," 14 Mar. 2021 In Connecticut, the drawing of legislative and congressional district lines is largely the responsibility of the General Assembly. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 19 Feb. 2021 In 2011, after a drawing attributed to Rembrandt was stolen from an exhibition at a hotel in Los Angeles, authorities released an image of the piece. Jenny Gross New York Times, Star Tribune, "We don't know how much art has gone missing from museums," 16 Mar. 2021 Plus, make a donation of any amount $5 or more, March 13 and be automatically entered into a drawing. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 12 Mar. 2021 Participants who register before March 15 will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Corvette enthusiasts raise $33,000 to help service members," 12 Mar. 2021 Say an illustrator creates a drawing and then issues 20 official NFT slots associated with it. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "NFTs are blowing up the digital art and collectibles worlds. Here’s how they work.," 10 Mar. 2021 All voters will be entered into a random drawing to win one of four $100 gift certificates. sun-sentinel.com, "Let’s Wing It, South Florida! Vote for the best chicken wings around," 7 Mar. 2021

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

31 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Drawing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawing. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for drawing



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

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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