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

Examples of oval in a Sentence

Noun The racetrack is an oval. Adjective the Oval Office in the White House
Recent Examples on the Web
The oval medicine cabinet is made from glass and metal for a durable and sturdy option that’ll sit pretty in your bathroom. Jack Byram, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2024 The fruit has an oval shape and small, black edible seeds (similar to kiwi), and the pulp has a sweet and sour taste.39 Dragon fruit varieties are most commonly found in specialty stores or Asian supermarkets. Jamie Johnson, Verywell Health, 11 July 2024
The Kohler Sunstruck oval tub is standard in the primary bathroom if this layout is chosen. Benjamin C Tankersley, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2023 This simple opener works well on circular cans but may not be effective on dented, square, or oval cans. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for oval 

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an oval figure or object


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


from Latin ovalis (adjective) "having the shape of an egg," derived from earlier ovum "egg"

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