Definition of ab ovo in English:

ab ovo


  • From the very beginning.

    • ‘And he was, Samuel, a great hope, a great man ab ovo, his father in miniature.’
    • ‘Neither the somatic nor the psychobehavioral sexual characters, then, were laid down irreversibly ab ovo.’
    from the beginning, from the start, from the first
    from the egg
    from the word go
    View synonyms


Latin, literally from the egg.


ab ovo

/ab ˈəʊvəʊ/