viva voce


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
vi•va vo•ce  (vīvə vōsē, vēvə), 
  1. by word of mouth;
  1. British Terms, EducationAlso,viva. (in British and European universities) the oral part of an examination.
  • Medieval Latin vīvā vōce with living voice, Latin, ablative of vīva vōx
  • 1555–65
vi′va-voce, adj. 

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viva voce /ˈvaɪvə ˈvəʊtʃɪ/ adv , adj
  1. by word of mouth
n , vb
  1. the full form of viva2
Etymology: 16th Century: from Medieval Latin, literally: with living voice

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