Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express acclamation, salute, or applause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Long live ... ! (used to express acclaim or support).
  • v. To cheer or applaud.
  • n. An oral examination, typically for an academic qualification.
  • v. To subject to an examination of this kind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. Lit., (long) live; -- an exclamation expressing good will, well wishing, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An Italian exclamation corresponding to the French vive, ‘long live.’ Often used substantively: as, the vivas of the crowd.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an examination conducted by spoken communication

Etymologies

Italian and Spanish, (long) live, both from Latin vīvat, third person sing. present subjunctive of vīvere, to live.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)
Shortened from viva voce, Latin for “live voice” (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It ain't perfect, but its getting there. viva aka python for ever: brilliant. now the db is sqlite. still not the format i had dreamed of though.

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  • XavierHaruhist: ty! works great however it only searches for one word, so what if i want like a song name that is 3 words- let's say i type in "search viva la vida" it'll open up everything with the search query of only "viva" , how can i make it to search all i type?

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  • However, the somewhat sullen crowd, who had just had their electricity cut by the local council, was won over by Sexwale, whose speech had them laughing and shouting "viva".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The packed court erupted in cries of "viva" as Mofokeng supporters rejoiced after the magistrate announced his verdict.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • When he climbed on one of the machines afterwards, the workers applauded joyfully and many shouted "viva".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Khayelitsha Sister Monica Siyolo, who read out the memorandum, was greeted with shouts of "viva" when she described the five per cent increase offered to nurses as an insult.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • ANC MPs and Senators cheered and shouted "viva" as Speaker Dr

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • White farmers and their labour force have gathered in community halls or, in this case a huge potato packing shed, and much "viva" and "long Live" calls were directed at the NP and the person of the

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Anyone shouting "viva" a few years ago was likely to become the object of intense Security Police scrutiny.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Faith Gasa, announced at 11. 26am that "that concludes the business for the day", a number of Members applauded and shouted "viva".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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