[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.

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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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 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.


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

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