English

Definition of pencil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

pencil

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpensl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpensl//
 
Art equipment
 
jump to other results
  [countable, uncountable] a narrow piece of wood, or a metal or plastic case, containing a black or coloured substance, used for drawing or writing a pencil drawing I'll get a pencil and paper. She scribbled a note in pencil. coloured pencils margin notes in pencil see also eyebrow pencil, propelling pencil See related entries: Art equipment Word Origin Middle English (denoting a fine paintbrush): from Old French pincel, from a diminutive of Latin peniculus ‘brush’, diminutive of penis ‘tail’. The verb was originally (early 16th cent.) in the sense ‘paint with a fine brush’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pencil