ob·​late | \ ä-ˈblāt How to pronounce oblate (audio) , ˈä-ˌblāt How to pronounce oblate (audio) \

Definition of oblate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: flattened or depressed at the poles an oblate spheroid


ob·​late | \ ˈä-ˌblāt How to pronounce oblate (audio) \

Definition of oblate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a layman living in a monastery under a modified rule and without vows
2 : a member of one of several Roman Catholic communities of men or women

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oblateness noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Still, those oblate derrieres acknowledge that the flat stovetops of our Western kitchens make a rounded cooking vessel difficult to use. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "What you need to know before you wok," 16 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This was unexpected at Jupiter—a heavy, fast rotating, oblate (flattened at the poles) planet. Andrew Coates, Newsweek, "NASA Juno Unlocks Secrets of Jupiter's Mega Cyclone Clusters," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of oblate


1705, in the meaning defined above


1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oblate


borrowed from New Latin oblātus, from ob- ob- + -lātus (in prōlātus prolate)


probably borrowed from French oblat, going back to Middle French, "layperson living in a religious community after bequeathing it property," borrowed from Medieval Latin oblātus "person (as a child) given over to a monastery," derivative of oblātus, adjective, "given over (to a religious community)," going back to Latin, suppletive past participle of offerre "to put in a person's path, provide, offer entry 1" — more at tolerate

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The first known use of oblate was in 1693

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