[ ob-lawng, -long ]
/ ˈɒbˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ /


elongated, usually from the square or circular form.
in the form of a rectangle one of whose dimensions is greater than the other.


an oblong figure.

Nearby words

  1. obliterative bronchitis,
  2. oblivescence,
  3. obliviate,
  4. oblivion,
  5. oblivious,
  6. oblongata,
  7. oblongly,
  8. obloquial,
  9. obloquy,
  10. obmutescence

Origin of oblong

1375–1425; late Middle English oblonge < Latin oblongus rather long, equivalent to ob- ob- + longus long1

Related formsob·long·ish, adjectiveob·long·ly, adverbob·long·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for oblong


/ (ˈɒbˌlɒŋ) /


having an elongated, esp rectangular, shape


a figure or object having this shape

Word Origin for oblong

C15: from Latin oblongus, from ob- (intensive) + longus long 1

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Word Origin and History for oblong



early 15c., from Latin oblongus "more long than broad," originally "somewhat long," from ob "to, toward," here perhaps intensive (see ob-) + longus "long" (see long (adj.)). As a noun from c.1600.

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