[ 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.

Origin of oblong

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

Related forms

ob·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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