viva

1
[ vee-vuh; Italian vee-vah; Spanish bee-vah ]
/ ˈvi və; Italian ˈvi vɑ; Spanish ˈbi vɑ /
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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

Definition for viva (2 of 2)

viva

2
[ vahy-vuh ]
/ ˈvaɪ və /

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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British Dictionary definitions for viva (1 of 2)

viva

1
/ (ˈviːvə) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for viva (2 of 2)

viva

2
/ (ˈvaɪvə) British /

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

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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