[krey-on, -uh n]


a pointed stick or pencil of colored clay, chalk, wax, etc., used for drawing or coloring.
a drawing in crayons.

verb (used with object)

to draw or color with a crayon or crayons.

verb (used without object)

to make a drawing with crayons.

Origin of crayon

1635–45; < French, equivalent to craie chalk (< Latin crēta clay, chalk) + -on noun suffix
Related formscray·on·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crayon

Contemporary Examples of crayon

Historical Examples of crayon

  • Crayon will not write on the smooth, glazed parts of a blackboard.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • And with a crayon he made drawings on the wainscot of the room.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • I regret I could not crayon it, for it is worth being portrayed.

  • But with a bit of crayon a great artist makes an immortal sketch.

    The Simple Life

    Charles Wagner

  • In 1835 the three volumes of the "Crayon Miscellanies," were published.

    Washington Irving

    Henry W. Boynton

British Dictionary definitions for crayon



a small stick or pencil of charcoal, wax, clay, or chalk mixed with coloured pigment
a drawing made with crayons


to draw or colour with crayons
Derived Formscrayonist, noun

Word Origin for crayon

C17: from French, from craie, from Latin crēta chalk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for crayon

1640s, from French crayon "pencil" (16c.), originally "chalk pencil," from craie "chalk," from Latin creta "chalk, pipe-clay," of unknown origin. Not now considered to mean "Cretan earth," as once was believed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper