[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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Examples from the Web for 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
C16: from Medieval Latin, literally: with living voice
Word Origin and History for viva voce
also viva-voce, "by word of mouth," 1580s, Latin, literally "living-voice," ablative of viva vox.
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