viva

viva

1 [vee-vuh; Italian vee-vah; Spanish bee-vah]
interjection
1.
Italian, Spanish. (an exclamation of acclaim or approval): Viva Zapata!
noun
2.
a shout of “viva.”

Origin:
1665–75; literally: may (he) live! 3rd person singular present subjunctive of Italian vivere, Spanish vivirLatin vīvere to live; see vital

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viva

2 [vahy-vuh]
noun
(in British and European universities) an oral examination; viva voce.

Origin:
1890–95; shortened form

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viva1 (ˈviːvə)
 
interj
long live; up with (a specified person or thing)
 
[C17: from Italian, literally: may (he) live! from vivere to live, from Latin vīvere]

viva2 (ˈvaɪvə)
 
n
1.  an oral examination
 
vb , -vas, -vaing, -vaed
2.  to examine orally
 
[shortened from viva voce]

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viva
1644, from It. viva "(long) live, may he (or she) live," third person singular present subjunctive of vivere "to live," from L. vivere "to live." Probably reborrowed (1836) from Sp. viva, from vivir "to live," from L. vivere (see vital). Sometimes also in L. form vivat (1663).
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