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EnglishEdit

 
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Wax crayons.

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: krāʹän
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɹeɪ.ən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɹeɪ.ɒn/, [ˈkʰɹeɪ.ɑn], also /ˈkɹeɪ.ɔn/ (the most common pronunciations, used by 83% of Americans)[1]
  • (US, uncommon, especially Northeastern US, Midwestern US) IPA(key): /ˈkræn/[2]
  • (US, rare, especially Philadelphia, New Jersey, sometimes Southern US) IPA(key): [kɹaʊn][3]
  • Rhymes: -aʊn

NounEdit

crayon ‎(plural crayons)

  1. A stick of colored chalk or wax used for drawing.
  2. A colored pencil.
    • Dryden
      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.

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VerbEdit

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

  1. To draw with a crayon.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Harvard Dialect Survey
  2. ^ Harvard Dialect Survey
  3. ^ Harvard Dialect Survey

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

crayon m ‎(plural crayons)

  1. pencil

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