[vahy-vuh voh-see, vee-vuh]
- by word of mouth; orally.
- Also viva. (in British and European universities) the oral part of an examination.
Origin of viva voce
1555–65; < Medieval Latin vīvā vōce with living voice, Latin, ablative of vīva vōx
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Related Words for viva vocearticulate, verbal, operatic, choral, personally, sonant, vocal, lingual, said, uttered, voiced, mentioned, expressed, communicated, told, singing, lyric, oral, vowel, sung
Examples from the Web for viva voce
Historical Examples of viva voce
And it is all in document, as well as viva-voce (this means 'gossip,' dear).The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper
Martin Farquhar Tupper
- by word of mouth
- the full form of viva 2
Word Origin for viva voce
C16: from Medieval Latin, literally: with living voice
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also viva-voce, "by word of mouth," 1580s, Latin, literally "living-voice," ablative of viva vox.
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