visa

1 of 2

noun

vi·​sa ˈvē-zə How to pronounce visa (audio)
also
-sə How to pronounce visa (audio)
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

visa

2 of 2

verb

visaed ˈvē-zəd How to pronounce visa (audio)
-səd
; visaing ˈvē-zə-iŋ How to pronounce visa (audio)
-sə-

transitive verb

: to give a visa to (a passport)

Examples of visa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Movies Julio Torres survived the visa office and the art world. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2024 After finalizing the investment, the firm found immigration lawyers to help the Musk brothers get work visas, according to Isaacson. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 6 June 2024
Verb
When the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth faces the sun and experiences summer, the Northern Hemisphere experiences winter — and visa versa. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2023 Most of Nomad Capitalist’s ranking comes down to visa free travel – that is, the number of countries a passport will allow its holder to enter without a visa. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 3 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for visa 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of visa was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Visa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visa. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

visa

1 of 2 noun
vi·​sa ˈvē-zə How to pronounce visa (audio)
also
-sə How to pronounce visa (audio)
: a mark on a passport that is a sign of approval and permission for a traveler to go ahead

visa

2 of 2 verb
visaed -zəd How to pronounce visa (audio)
-səd
; visaing -zə-iŋ How to pronounce visa (audio)
-sə-
: to give a visa to

Legal Definition

visa

noun
vi·​sa ˈvē-zə, -sə How to pronounce visa (audio)
: 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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