- Italian, Spanish. (an exclamation of acclaim or approval): Viva Zapata!
- a shout of “viva.”
Origin of viva1
- (in British and European universities) an oral examination; viva voce.
Origin of viva2
Examples from the Web for viva
Viva, for their part, consider FXers to be poor and fanatical.
Conditions at the neighboring camp—back to Colditz again—are the subject of lively dinner-table speculation at both FX and Viva.
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In your childhood I cried 'viva' many times before your coach.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
He does not feel like saying "Viva" to or of the girl who has so misjudged his boy.
But Viva Winthrop has fallen back on the sofa, covering her face with her hands.
"I do not admit that, Viva," is the grave, almost stern reply.
We were sweethearts so long, Viva; but have you learned to care for some other?
- long live; up with (a specified person or thing)
- an oral examination
- to examine orally
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).