1 of 2


: an oval figure or object
: a racetrack in the shape of an oval or a rectangle having rounded corners


2 of 2


: having the shape of an egg
also : broadly elliptical
ovality noun
ovally adverb
ovalness noun

Example Sentences

Noun The racetrack is an oval. Adjective the Oval Office in the White House
Recent Examples on the Web
The base model Pixel 7 has one black camera oval, while the Pixel 7 Pro has a second camera bar cutout for the zoom lens. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 28 Nov. 2022 The Pure Cool TP02 comes in white with silver accents and features Dyson's signature bladeless oval tower design. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 25 Nov. 2022 The feat was accomplished at the Automotive Testing Papenburg track in Germany, an oval circuit with two straights, each measuring about 2.5 miles long, just enough space for the Nevera to rocket to its top speed. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2022 Seven others, however, will duel for the last three spots on the oldest and shortest circuit in the premier series, a 0.526-mile oval. Arkansas Online, 30 Oct. 2022 Fitzgerald, who played 17 seasons for the Cardinals before stepping away from the NFL after the 2020 season, will lead the field around the one-mile doglegged oval driving a Toyota Camry TRD. The Arizona Republic, 20 Oct. 2022 Inside the oval is where BD Medical Systems’ current level emissions are believed to exceed that risk threshold. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Oct. 2022 Hailey topped it all off with black Prada brushed leather Femme shoulder bag and Balenciaga oval sunglasses. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 19 Oct. 2022 The three-race third round begins on the fast oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after four more drivers were eliminated from championship contention last weekend on the Charlotte Roval. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2022
To tackle the challenging flow of traffic in the dining room and the kitchen peninsula seating, Cox chose a circular dining table that expands into an oval shape. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 29 Nov. 2022 The sizzling hot things at Mercado Buenos Aires Ribbons of steam rise from a round of cheese on a jet-black oval skillet. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 Later that week, Irina would sit at the head of an oval table leading a board of a dozen people voting on her plan to detach their foundation, a science museum, from the office of the first lady. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2022 Eben lets this wine rest on the lees for one year in French oak barrels and then transfers it to large oval casks for an additional year of ageing. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2022 Racing fans and spectators get to interact directly with drivers and racing crews between racing heats on two separate official race tracks, including an oval track for distance runs and a 10-mile straightway for speed trials. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2022 The tool features a vented oval barrel that shoots out a safe-for-hair temperature to straighten strands while lifting at the root to amp up the volume. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 28 Oct. 2022 The Wall Street Journal in September reported that the company was experiencing a shortage of blue oval badges that delayed shipment of some of its F-series trucks. Nora Eckert, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2022 While there are 77 pieces in the collection, its signature piece is the Allure Céleste necklace, with round-cut diamonds, an oval sapphire of deep blue, and a weight of 55.5 carats. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History



Medieval Latin ovalis, from Late Latin, of an egg, from Latin ovum

First Known Use


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1561, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oval was in 1561

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Cite this Entry

“Oval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oval. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an oval figure or object


2 of 2 adjective
: having the shape or outline of an egg

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