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[oh-vuh l]
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  1. having the general form, shape, or outline of an egg; egg-shaped.
  2. ellipsoidal or elliptical.
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  1. an object of oval shape.
  2. a body or plane figure that is oval in shape or outline.
  3. an elliptical field or a field on which an elliptical track is laid out, as for athletic contests.
  4. Informal. a football.
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Origin of oval

1560–70; < New Latin ōvālis, equivalent to Latin ōv(um) egg1 + -ālis -al1
Related formso·val·ly, adverbo·val·ness, nounhalf-o·val, adjective, nounpseu·do·o·val, adjectivepseu·do·o·val·ly, adverbsem·i·o·val, adjectivesem·i·o·val·ly, adverbsem·i·o·val·ness, noun
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  1. having the shape of an ellipse or ellipsoid
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  1. anything that is oval in shape, such as a sports ground
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Derived Formsovally, adverbovalness or ovality (əʊˈvælɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin ōvālis, from Latin ōvum egg


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


1570s, from Modern Latin ovalis "egg-shaped" (source of French oval, 1540s), literally "of or pertaining to an egg," from Latin ovum "egg" (see ovary). The classical Latin word was ovatus.

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1560s, from Middle French ovalle "oval figure," from Medieval Latin ovalis (see oval (adj.)).

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