viva voce


1vi·va vo·ce

adverb \ˌvī-və-ˈvō-(ˌ)sē or ˌvē-və-ˈvō-(ˌ)chā\

Definition of VIVA VOCE

:  by word of mouth :  orally

Origin of VIVA VOCE

Medieval Latin, with the living voice
First Known Use: 1563

2viva voce

adjective

: spoken rather than written

Full Definition of VIVA VOCE

:  expressed or conducted by word of mouth

Examples of VIVA VOCE

  1. <the students are required to write two papers and take a viva voce examination>

First Known Use of VIVA VOCE

1654

3viva voce

noun

: an oral examination given at a British university

Full Definition of VIVA VOCE

:  an examination conducted viva voce —called also viva

First Known Use of VIVA VOCE

1842

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