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viva

1
[ vee-vuh; Italian, Spanish vee-vah ]
/ ˈvi və; Italian, Spanish ˈvi vɑ /
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interjection
Italian, Spanish. (an exclamation of acclaim or approval): Viva Zapata!
noun
a shout of “viva.”
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Origin of viva

1
First recorded in 1665–75; literally: “may (he) live!” third person singular present subjunctive of Italian vivere, Spanish vivir, ultimately from Latin vīvere “to live”; see vital

Other definitions for viva (2 of 2)

viva2
[ 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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How to use viva in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for viva (1 of 2)

viva1
/ (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)

viva2
/ (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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