Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pencil”

See all translations

pencil

noun
 
/ˈpen·səl/
A1 a long, thin wooden object with a black or colored point that you write or draw with
Translations of “pencil”
in Korean 연필…
in Arabic قَلَم رَصاص…
in French crayon…
in Turkish kurşun kalem…
in Italian matita…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鉛筆, 化妝筆, 一束光…
in Russian карандаш…
in Polish ołówek…
in Spanish lápiz…
in Portuguese lápis…
in German der (Blei)Stift, Bleistift……
in Catalan llapis…
in Japanese 鉛筆…
in Chinese (Simplified) 铅笔, 化妆笔, 一束光…
(Definition of pencil from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Essential American English definitions for “pencil”

Definitions of “pencil” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More