\ ˈō-vəl How to pronounce oval (audio) \

Definition of oval

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of oval (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the shape of an egg also : broadly elliptical

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Other Words from oval


ovality \ ō-​ˈva-​lə-​tē How to pronounce ovality (audio) \ noun
ovally \ ˈō-​və-​lē How to pronounce ovally (audio) \ adverb
ovalness noun

Synonyms for oval

Synonyms: Adjective

elliptical (or elliptic), ovate, ovoid (also ovoidal)

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Examples of oval in a Sentence


The racetrack is an oval.


the Oval Office in the White House

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lady Gaga's engagement ring is also similar to those of the royals, with a large pink oval stone surrounded by a diamond halo. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katy Perry's Engagement Ring from Orlando Bloom Has a Surprising Link to Princess Diana," 16 Feb. 2019 The harshest radiation zones look like ovals on Europa, taking up around half of the moon's surface. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Study Maps Best Landing Spots to Hunt for Life on Europa," 23 July 2018 With dirt and asphalt ovals, an internationally renown road course and even a couple of drag strips, a Wisconsin racing fan can find a race to attend from late April into early October. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A track opener — even a ragged one — is just the cure for a racing fan's spring fever," 29 Apr. 2018 Vector lines intersect with ovals and triangles; glinting 1950s nostalgia starbursts are everywhere. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Midcentury modern wallpaper lets you live out your 1950s dreams," 5 Oct. 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Policy INDIANAPOLIS — Will Power hated racing on ovals. Jenna Fryer, Houston Chronicle, "Will Power wins Indy 500, No. 17 for car owner Roger Penske," 27 May 2018 The filled-in oval for the Petitioner had a line drawn through it. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Virginia officials prepare for rare tie-breaking lottery that could determine political control of legislature," 4 Jan. 2018 The event, sponsored by the Harry Miller Club, features Indy Champ Cars, Roadsters and Laydowns from before and after World War II running on the State Fair oval from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, from Bastille Days and World Cup finale to historic Harleys," 12 July 2018 As Gossage said last month, though, the series needs to have oval tracks on the schedule considering the series' Super Bowl, the Indy 500, is run on an oval. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Will IndyCar return to Texas Motor Speedway in 2019?," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Oversized Hoops Make a strong statement with big, bold hoops, either in a long oval shape or a more full circle. Will Kahn And Craig Montague, Town & Country, "The Best Gold Hoops for Any Occasion," 3 Apr. 2019 Oliver Peoples Sunglasses The oval lenses offer up an unexpected shape. WSJ, "Loose and Light Menswear for Global Nomads," 13 Mar. 2019 The tension between a pair of Ford drivers is the fallout from a disappointing Daytona 500 for the blue oval brand. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "McDowell defends Daytona 500 decision not to push Logano," 19 Feb. 2019 The earrings perfectly matched one of Diana's most well-known pieces of jewelry: the 12-carat oval sapphire engagement ring chosen by Prince Charles for their engagement in 1981. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Pearl and Diamond Earrings to the BAFTAs," 11 Feb. 2019 As the name implies, tonsil cancer is a cancer that starts in the cells of your tonsils, the two oval-shaped pads at the back of your mouth, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Country Singer’s Sore Throat Turned Out to Be a Sign of Cancer," 24 Jan. 2019 Justin picked out the elongated, oval-shaped diamond himself. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "An In-Depth Comparison of the Summer 2018 Celebrity Engagement Rings," 18 Aug. 2018 The country has now claimed 81 Olympic medals on the oval, second-most among all nations behind the Dutch, after Sverre Lunde Pederson captured bronze in the men’s 5,000 meters, held here Sunday. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Is blue the fastest color for an Olympic speedskater?," 12 Feb. 2018 Chris is 48, trim, and balding, with a gently oval face that never loses composure. Jonathan Reynolds, Town & Country, "At Your Service," 11 July 2014

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First Known Use of oval


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oval


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

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English Language Learners Definition of oval

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that has the shape of an egg



English Language Learners Definition of oval (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the shape of an egg : shaped like a circle that is longer than it is wide


\ ˈō-vəl How to pronounce oval (audio) \

Kids Definition of oval

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something having the shape of an egg or ellipse The racetrack is an oval.



Kids Definition of oval (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the shape of an egg or ellipse : elliptical

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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