[ oh-veyt ]
/ ˈoʊ veɪt /


  1. having a shape like the longitudinal section of an egg.
  2. having such a shape with the broader end at the base, as a leaf.

Origin of ovate

1750–60; < Latin ōvātus, equivalent to ōv(um) egg1 + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

o·vate·ly, adverbsem·i·o·vate, adjectivesub·o·vate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ovate


/ (ˈəʊveɪt) /


shaped like an egg
(esp of a leaf) shaped like the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broader end at the baseCompare obovate

Derived Forms

ovately, adverb

Word Origin for ovate

C18: from Latin ōvātus egg-shaped; see ovum
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