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viva1

[vee-vuh; Italian vee-vah; Spanish bee-vah] /ˈvi və; Italian ˈvi vɑ; Spanish ˈbi vɑ/
interjection
1.
Italian, Spanish. (an exclamation of acclaim or approval):
Viva Zapata!
noun
2.
a shout of “viva.”.
Origin of viva1
1665-1675
1665-75; literally: may (he) live! 3rd person singular present subjunctive of Italian vivere, Spanish vivirLatin vīvere to live; see vital

viva2

[vahy-vuh] /ˈvaɪ və/
noun
1.
(in British and European universities) an oral examination; viva voce.
Origin
1890-95; shortened form
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  • He does not feel like saying "viva" to or of the girl who has so misjudged his boy.

    A War-Time Wooing Charles King
  • He felt as nervous as an undergraduate going up for his viva' voce.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • When the time came for the viva voce, Rudolf and I could stand it no longer, we had to go in and listen.

    Dry Fish and Wet Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
  • In your childhood I cried 'viva' many times before your coach.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • You could never have believed this of me, viva, without proofs; and I feel sure that letters must have been sent to you.

    A War-Time Wooing Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for viva

viva1

/ˈviːvə/
interjection
1.
long live; up with (a specified person or thing)
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, literally: may (he) live! from vivere to live, from Latin vīvere

viva2

/ˈvaɪvə/
noun
1.
an oral examination
verb (transitive) -vas, -vaing, -vaed
2.
to examine orally
Word Origin
shortened from viva voce
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Word Origin and History for viva

1640s, from Italian viva "(long) live, may he (or she) live," third person singular present subjunctive of vivere "to live," from Latin vivere "to live." Probably reborrowed (1836) from Spanish viva, from vivir "to live," from Latin vivere (see vital). Sometimes also in Latin form vivat (1660s).

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