viva voce

[vahy-vuh voh-see, vee-vuh]


by word of mouth; orally.


Also viva. (in British and European universities) the oral part of an examination.

Nearby words

  1. vituperative,
  2. vitus,
  3. vitória,
  4. vitória de conquista,
  5. viva,
  6. vivace,
  7. vivacious,
  8. vivaciously,
  9. vivacity,
  10. vivaldi

Origin of viva voce

1555–65; < Medieval Latin vīvā vōce with living voice, Latin, ablative of vīva vōx

Related formsvi·va-vo·ce, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for viva voce

viva voce

adverb, adjective

by word of mouth

noun, verb

the full form of viva 2

Word Origin for viva voce

C16: from Medieval Latin, literally: with living voice

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Word Origin and History for viva voce

viva voce

also viva-voce, "by word of mouth," 1580s, Latin, literally "living-voice," ablative of viva vox.

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