qui vive

noun (1)
\ kē-ˈvēv How to pronounce qui vive (audio) \

Definition of qui vive

 (Entry 1 of 10)

: alert, lookout used in the phrase on the qui vive They lived on the qui vive, always ready for a duel if their honor was in any way impugned.— James Michener

bis dat qui cito dat

Latin phrase (1)
bis dat qui ci·​to dat | \ ˈbis-ˌdät-kwē-ˈki-tō-ˌdät How to pronounce bis dat qui cito dat (audio) \

Definition of bis dat qui cito dat (Entry 2 of 10)

: he gives twice who gives promptly : payment rendered promptly is worth twice as much

ce n'est que le premier pas qui coûte

French phrase (1)
ce n'est que le pre·​mier pas qui coûte | \ snek-lə-prə-myā-pä-kē-küt How to pronounce ce n'est que le premier pas qui coûte (audio) \

Definition of ce n'est que le premier pas qui coûte (Entry 3 of 10)

: it is only the first step that costs : only the beginning is difficult

honi soit qui mal y pense

French phrase (2)
ho·​ni soit qui mal y pense | \ ȯ-nē-swä-kē-mäl-ē-päⁿs How to pronounce honi soit qui mal y pense (audio) \

Definition of honi soit qui mal y pense (Entry 4 of 10)

: shamed be (the person) who thinks evil of it motto of the Order of the Garter

pereant qui ante nos nostra dixerunt

Latin phrase (2)
per·​eant qui an·​te nos nos·​tra dix·​e·​runt | \ ˈper-e-ˌänt-kwē-ˌän-te-ˈnōs-ˈnȯs-trä-dēk-ˈsā-ˌru̇nt How to pronounce pereant qui ante nos nostra dixerunt (audio) \

Definition of pereant qui ante nos nostra dixerunt (Entry 5 of 10)

: may they perish who have uttered ours (our ideas) before us

qui facit per alium facit per se

Latin phrase (3)
qui fa·​cit per ali·​um fa·​cit per se | \ kwē-ˌfä-kit-ˌper-ˈä-lē-ˌu̇m-ˌfä-kit-ˌper-ˈsā How to pronounce qui facit per alium facit per se (audio) \

Definition of qui facit per alium facit per se (Entry 6 of 10)

: he who does (something) through another does it by himself used especially as a principle in the law of agency

qui s'excuse s'accuse

French phrase (3)
qui s'ex·​cuse s'ac·​cuse | \ kē-ˈsek-ˌskᵫz-ˈsä-ˌkᵫz How to pronounce qui s'excuse s'accuse (audio) \

Definition of qui s'excuse s'accuse (Entry 7 of 10)

: he who excuses himself accuses himself : making excuses reveals a guilty conscience

qui transtulit sustinet

Latin phrase (4)
qui trans·​tu·​lit sus·​ti·​net | \ kwē-ˈträns-tu̇-ˌlit-ˈsu̇s-ti-ˌnet How to pronounce qui transtulit sustinet (audio) \

Definition of qui transtulit sustinet (Entry 8 of 10)

: He who transplanted (us) sustains (us) motto of Connecticut

qui va là?

French phrase (4)
\ kē-vä-lä How to pronounce qui va là? (audio) \

Definition of qui va là? (Entry 9 of 10)

: who goes there? used by sentries to demand identification from an unknown person

sauve qui peut

noun (2)
\ ¦sōvˌkē¦pə, -¦pər(‧), -¦pə̄\

Definition of sauve qui peut (Entry 10 of 10)

: a complete rout

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Did You Know?

When a sentinel guarding a French castle in days of yore cried, Qui vive? your life depended upon your answer - the right one was usually something like "Long live the king!" The question the sentinel was asking was "Long live who?" but the act of calling out apparently impressed English listeners more than the meaning of the phrase, because when they adopted it in the early 1700s they used qui vive to mean "alert." Nowadays, the term is most often used in the phrase on the qui vive, meaning "on the lookout."

Examples of qui vive in a Sentence

Noun (1)

an army on the qui vive for enemy attack

First Known Use of qui vive

Noun (1)

1726, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for qui vive

Noun (1)

French qui-vive, from qui vive? long live who?, challenge of a French sentry

Noun (2)

French, save himself who can

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