Definition of ab ovo in English:

ab ovo


  • From the very beginning.

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


Latin, literally ‘from the egg’.


ab ovo

/ab ˈəʊvəʊ/