viva

1
[vee-vuh; Italian vee-vah; Spanish bee-vah]
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interjection

Italian, Spanish. (an exclamation of acclaim or approval): Viva Zapata!

noun

a shout of “viva.”

Origin of viva

1
1665–75; literally: may (he) live! 3rd person singular present subjunctive of Italian vivere, Spanish vivirLatin vīvere to live; see vital

viva

2
[vahy-vuh]

noun

(in British and European universities) an oral examination; viva voce.

Origin of viva

2
First recorded in 1890–95; shortened form
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Examples from the Web for viva

Contemporary Examples of viva

Historical Examples of viva

  • 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.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King

  • "I do not admit that, Viva," is the grave, almost stern reply.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King

  • But Viva Winthrop has fallen back on the sofa, covering her face with her hands.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King

  • We were sweethearts so long, Viva; but have you learned to care for some other?

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King



British Dictionary definitions for viva

viva

1

interjection

long live; up with (a specified person or thing)

Word Origin for viva

C17: from Italian, literally: may (he) live! from vivere to live, from Latin vīvere

viva

2

noun

an oral examination

verb -vas, -vaing or -vaed (tr)

to examine orally

Word Origin for viva

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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