[vi-vah-chey; Italian vee-vah-che]

adverb, adjective

(a musical direction) vivacious; lively.

Origin of vivace

1675–85; < Italian < Latin vīvāc-, stem of vīvāx, long-lived, lively; see vivacity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective, adverb

music to be performed in a brisk lively manner

Word Origin for vivace

C17: from Italian, from Latin vīvax long-lived, vigorous, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for vivace

1680s, from Italian vivace "brisk, lively," from Latin vivac-, stem of vivax "lively vigorous" (see vivacity).

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