\ 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

In 1980, Trent set the 60-64 age-group record by running 13,075 meters in one hour of running laps on a track oval. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "By setting an American age-group track record, one Anchorage runner pays tribute to another," 10 Sep. 2019 Farah has not raced on the track since winning the Zurich Diamond League 5,000 meters on Aug. 24, 2017, so a return to the oval would be his first in more than 25 months. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Mo Farah Still Undecided on 2019 Worlds as Chicago Marathon Approaches," 21 Aug. 2019 Over two days, 21,000 fans paid homage to the East Boston oval, a holdover from the days when horse racing and baseball were the country’s most popular sports. Stan Grossfeld, BostonGlobe.com, "Scenes from the last weekend of horse racing at Suffolk Downs," 11 July 2019 ARCA Midwest Tour competitor John DeAngelis discusses the June 16 Father's Day Special, the return of racing to the Milwaukee Mile oval after four years. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what you need to know about the return of racing to the Milwaukee Mile this weekend," 21 Feb. 2019 Andretti said when asked if Iowa could be compared to the only other short oval on IndyCar’s 2018 calendar (Phoenix). Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar: 5 storylines as series heads to Hunter-Reay's home away from home, Iowa Speedway," 5 July 2018 The small oval that gives South Park its name has been remade multiple times in its 160-year existence. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Multibillion-dollar startup Brex opens a restaurant in San Francisco," 11 Sep. 2019 Dalton won in 27 minutes, 46 seconds, pulling away from Brennan after the race hit the track oval at AFS. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Dalton and Brennan stage another Run for Women duel, and Kikkan Randall steals the show," 9 June 2019 For instance, the card with two striped red ovals might correspond to the point (0, 2, 1, 0), where the 0 in the first spot tells us that the design is red, the 2 in the second spot tells us that the shape is oval, and so on. Quanta Magazine, "Simple Set Game Proof Stuns Mathematicians," 31 May 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Roll out fondant circles smoothly into oval shapes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ghost Cupcakes," 12 Sep. 2019 Her oval face and wide brown eyes had a girl-next-door innocence that Hollywood couldn’t resist. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Remembering Alabama’s Allene Roberts, Hollywood’s girl next door," 12 Sep. 2019 Lightly moisten your hands; use them to gently roll one portion of the dough into an oval shape. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Your cup of coffee and these simple almond biscotti make a perfect match," 11 Sep. 2019 These spoons come with a cute oval shape, making them easy to fit into spice jars. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 7 best deals you can get this Tuesday," 23 July 2019 These are usually oval-shaped, benign skin growths that connect to the skin on your body or face, via a stalk. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "12 Common Face 'Bumps' and How to Deal With Them," 31 May 2019 The monuments are laid out in an oval arrangement near the Avon aquatic center, next to a grove of trees. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Veterans memorial dedicated in Avon ‘honoring all those who served in defense of our nation’," 16 Sep. 2019 Generously butter a baking dish large enough to hold the dumplings with 1 to 2 inches between each one, such as an 11-by-7-inch dish or a 12-inch oval gratin dish. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "New ‘Joy of Cooking’ is a masterwork that will erase any reservations about past editions," 9 Sep. 2019 There are four locations where tire walls are accessible from the IMS oval track. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Brad Keselowski calls IMS safety into question after crash into tire barrier," 8 Sep. 2019

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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


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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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