: the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance : vivacity
archaic : special ability or talent

Examples of verve in a Sentence

She played with skill and verve.
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Word History


French, from Middle French, caprice, from Old French, word, gossip, from Vulgar Latin *verva, from Latin verba, plural of verbum word — more at word

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of verve was in 1697

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Cite this Entry

“Verve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: lively enthusiasm

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