[vahy-tuh, vee-; Latin wee-tah]

noun, plural vi·tae [vahy-tee, vee-tahy; Latin wee-tahy] /ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ; Latin ˈwi taɪ/.

Also vi·tae [vahy-tee, vee-tahy] /ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ/.

Origin of vita

1920–25; < Latin: life




a female given name, form of Davida.




Dame Victoria MaryVita, 1892–1962, English poet and novelist (wife of Harold Nicolson).

ars longa, vita brevis

[ahrs lohng-gah wee-tah bre-wis; English ahrz lawng-guh vahy-tuh bree-vis, brev-is, vee-tuh, ahrs]


art is long, life is short.

durante vita

[doo-rahn-te wee-tah; English doo-ran-tee vahy-tuh, vee-tuh, dyoo-]

adverb Latin.

during life. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vita

Contemporary Examples of vita

Historical Examples of vita

  • One sentence, which has grown into a maxim for ever repeated, is remarkable for the grossest fallacy: Ars longa, vita brevis.

    Thoughts on Man

    William Godwin

  • She spoke to him, smiled at him in the street; and immediately life became a Vita Nuova to him.

    Phoebe, Junior

    Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant

  • Ita ut omnes cognoscant in vita quod post mortem omnibus opto valeant.

  • Vita di Piero di Cosimo, to whom a chief part in the development of these festivities is ascribed.

  • When you write to me, write exactly as I do to you, without any formal address or signature--vita brevis, ars longa.

British Dictionary definitions for vita


noun plural vitae (ˈviːtaɪ, ˈvaɪtiː)

US and Canadian a less common term for curriculum vitae

Word Origin for vita

from Latin: life



Victoria (Mary), known as Vita . 1892–1962, British writer and gardener, whose works include the novel The Edwardians (1930) and the poem The Land (1931). She is also noted for the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. Married to Harold Nicolson
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Word Origin and History for vita

plural vitae, Latin, literally "life" (see vital).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper