[ krey-on, -uh n ]
/ ˈkreɪ ɒn, -ən /


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 forms

cray·on·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crayon


/ (ˈkreɪən, -ɒn) /


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 Forms

crayonist, noun

Word Origin for crayon

C17: from French, from craie, from Latin crēta chalk
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