viva voce

[vahy-vuh voh-see, vee-vuh]
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noun
  1. 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
Related formsvi·va-vo·ce, adjective
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viva voce

adverb, adjective
  1. by word of mouth
noun, verb
  1. 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

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

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