vi·sa | \ˈvē-zə also -sə \

Definition of visa 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an endorsement made on a passport by the proper authorities denoting that it has been examined and that the bearer may proceed

2 : a signature of formal approval by a superior upon a document


visaed\ˈvē-zəd, -səd \; visaing\ˈvē-zə-iŋ, -sə- \

Definition of visa (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a visa to (a passport)

Examples of visa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Until Myanmar and Laos agree to accept the citizens, the State Department has stopped issuing certain types of visas to higher level officials. Laignee Barron, Time, "U.S. Imposes Visa Sanctions on Myanmar and Laos Over Their Refusal to Accept Deportees," 11 July 2018 More restrictive immigration policies, such as the elimination of H-1B visas for skilled workers, could choke the supply of foreign employees as well as new company founders, Weinberg said. Roland Li,, "Bay Area economy growing nearly twice as fast as rest of U.S.," 10 July 2018 Congress set a cap of 66,000 new H-2B visas a year. Fox News, "Trump's Mar-a-Lago seeks to hire 61 foreign workers," 6 July 2018 The number of immigrant visas approved for Africans is on pace to fall 15 percent. Abigail Hauslohner And Andrew Ba Tran,, "Trump is making inroads in reducing legal immigration," 3 July 2018 The Post’s analysis also found immigration declines among nationalities not targeted by Trump’s travel ban, including nearly all of the countries that typically receive the largest number of immigrant visas from the United States. . . . Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump's trade war is getting very real," 3 July 2018 The appeals court ruled that Trump had exceeded the authority Congress had given him over immigration and had violated a part of the immigration laws barring discrimination in the issuance of visas. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court upholds Trump ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries," 26 June 2018 According to recent Department of Labor statistics, racing’s share of those visas is less than 2 percent, the Courier Journal previously reported. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Lack of migrant workers leaves Kentucky searching for new labor pool," 25 June 2018 The remaining bill allows federal agencies to create new regulations making DNA testing mandatory for certain kinds of visas. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be an Ethical Quagmire," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Infosys and its larger rival, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., also face a U.S. administration that’s cracking down on the work visas the companies need to serve key American clients. Fortune, "Infosys Offers to Buy Back $2 Billion of Shares as CEO Quits," 19 Aug. 2017 Palmer accused Infosys of illegally using business visitor visas known as B-1 to fill positions in the United States. Moni Basu, CNN, "Why the highly coveted visa that changed my life is now reviled in America," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of visa


1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for visa


French, from Latin, neuter plural of visus, past participle

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English Language Learners Definition of visa

: an official mark or stamp on a passport that allows someone to enter or leave a country usually for a particular reason


vi·sa | \ˈvē-zə, -sə \

Legal Definition of visa 

: an endorsement made on a passport by the proper authorities denoting that it has been examined and that the bearer may proceed

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