crayon
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈkɹeɪ.ən/, /ˈkɹeɪ.ɒ̃/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɹeɪ.ɒn/, [ˈkʰɹeɪ.ɑn]; also IPAchar /ˈkɹeɪ.ɔn/ (the most common pronunciations, used by 83% of Americans)
  • (America, uncommon, especially Northeastern US, Midwestern US) IPA: /ˈkɹæn/, [ˈkɹeən]
  • (America, rare, especially Philadelphia, New Jersey, sometimes Southern US) IPA: /ˈkɹaʊn/, [ˈkɹɛɔn], [ˈkɹæɔn]
Noun

crayon (plural crayons)

  1. A stick of colored chalk or wax used for drawing.
    hypo en
  2. A colored pencil, a colouring pencil
    Synonyms: pencil crayon
    • Let no day pass over you […] without giving some strokes of the pencil or the crayon.
  3. (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.
  4. (dated) A pencil of carbon used in producing electric light.
Translations
  • French: pastel, craie de cire
  • German: Wachsmalstift
  • Italian: pastello
  • Portuguese: pastel, giz de cera (Brazil), lápis de cera (Portugal)
  • Russian: цветно́й каранда́ш
  • Spanish: creyón (Colombia), crayón (Guatemala), crayola (Cuba), cera (Spain), pintura de cera (Spain)
Verb

crayon (crayons, present participle crayoning; past and past participle crayoned)

  1. (ambitransitive) To draw with a crayon.



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