[ tawr-tee-on, -ohn; French tawr-tee-yawn ]
/ ˌtɔr tiˈɒn, -ˈoʊn; French tɔr tiˈyɔ̃ /

noun, plural tor·til·lions [tawr-tee-onz, -ohnz; French tawr-tee-yawn] /ˌtɔr tiˈɒnz, -ˈoʊnz; French tɔr tiˈyɔ̃/.

a stump made of paper twisted to a point, used in drawing.

Origin of tortillon

1890–95; < French: literally, something twisted < tortill(er) to twist (see tort) + -on noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for tortillon

  • Tortillon stumps are used in making the face, when it is desired to produce the stump effect, and also in making the hair.

    Crayon Portraiture|Jerome A. Barhydt
  • It will also be well to make a chamois block for applying the crayon sauce, to be worked with the tortillon stump.

    Crayon Portraiture|Jerome A. Barhydt

British Dictionary definitions for tortillon

/ (ˌtɔːtiːˈɒn, -ˈəʊn, French tɔrtijɔ̃) /


another word for stump (def. 5)

Word Origin for tortillon

from French: something twisted, from Old French tortiller to twist
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