qui vive

noun \kē-ˈvēv\

Definition of QUI VIVE

:  alert, lookout —used in the phrase on the qui vive

Examples of QUI VIVE

  1. <an army on the qui vive for enemy attack>

Origin of QUI VIVE

French qui-vive, from qui vive? long live who?, challenge of a French sentry
First Known Use: 1726


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