crayon

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English[edit]

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Wax crayons.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French crayon (pencil), from craie (chalk) + -on ((diminutive)), from Latin creta (chalk, clay), from crētus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: krāʹän
  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹeɪ.ən/, /ˈkɹeɪ.ɒn/, /ˈkræn/
  • (US) IPA(key): [ˈkʰɹeən], [ˈkʰɹeɪ.ɑn]
  • Rhymes: -eɪən

Noun[edit]

crayon (plural crayons)

  1. A stick of colored chalk or wax used for drawing.
    • Dryden
      Let no day pass over you [] without giving some strokes of the pencil or the crayon.
  2. (dated) A crayon drawing.
    • 1885, Littell's Living Age (volume 167, page 187)
      But on the wall hung two fine crayons, representing Louis XVI. and Marie Antoinette — pictures which she recognized as having hung in the corridor of the Tuileries — and in front of them were burning two candles on a species of rude altar.
  3. (dated) A pencil of carbon used in producing electric light.

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Verb[edit]

crayon (third-person singular simple present crayons, present participle crayoning, simple past and past participle crayoned)

  1. To draw with a crayon.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

craie (chalk) +‎ -on ((diminutive)), from Latin creta (chalk, clay), from crētus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

crayon m (plural crayons)

  1. pencil

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