1

oval

noun \ ˈō-vəl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of oval

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

Examples of oval in a Sentence

  1. The racetrack is an oval.

Recent Examples of oval from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'oval.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of oval

1570


2

oval

adjective

Definition of oval

: having the shape of an egg; also : broadly elliptical

ovality

play \ō-ˈva-lə-tē\ noun

ovally

play \ˈō-və-lē\ adverb

ovalness

noun

Examples of oval in a Sentence

  1. the Oval Office in the White House

Recent Examples of oval from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'oval.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of oval

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

oval Synonyms

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


OVAL Defined for English Language Learners

oval

noun

Definition of oval for English Language Learners

  • : something that has the shape of an egg


oval

adjective

Definition of oval for English Language Learners

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


OVAL Defined for Kids

1

oval

noun \ ˈō-vəl \

Definition of oval for Students

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

2

oval

adjective

Definition of oval for Students

: having the shape of an egg or ellipse : elliptical


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up oval? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sticky or viscid

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!