[oh-vuh l]


having the general form, shape, or outline of an egg; egg-shaped.
ellipsoidal or elliptical.


an object of oval shape.
a body or plane figure that is oval in shape or outline.
an elliptical field or a field on which an elliptical track is laid out, as for athletic contests.
Informal. a football.

Nearby words

  1. ouzo,
  2. ouémé,
  3. ov language,
  4. ov-,
  5. ova,
  6. oval amputation,
  7. oval foramen,
  8. oval fossa,
  9. oval kumquat,
  10. oval of cassini

Origin of oval

1560–70; < New Latin ōvālis, equivalent to Latin ōv(um) egg1 + -ālis -al1

Related forms
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Examples from the Web for half-oval

  • They consist of what are known as half-oval iron strips, and can be had usually at a hardware store or blacksmith shop.

    The Boy Craftsman|A. Neely Hall
  • It began—this half-oval—in high land among the trees and spread down over a beach to the waters of a tiny cove.

    Angel Island|Inez Haynes Gillmore

British Dictionary definitions for half-oval



having the shape of an ellipse or ellipsoid


anything that is oval in shape, such as a sports ground
Derived Formsovally, adverbovalness or ovality (əʊˈvælɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for oval

C16: from Medieval Latin ōvālis, from Latin ōvum egg



the Oval a cricket ground in south London, in the borough of Lambeth
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Word Origin and History for half-oval
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