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

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 How to pronounce visaed (audio) , -​səd \; visaing\ ˈvē-​zə-​iŋ How to pronounce visaing (audio) , -​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 As for the last place finishers, that’s a tie between Afghanistan and Iraq, whose passport holders can only enter five other nations visa-free. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Is the Most Powerful Passport in the World Due to the Pandemic," 7 Oct. 2020 Multiple members of the Chinese military have been charged by the Justice Department in recent months for concealing their ties to China's military and allegedly committing visa fraud while acting as students or researchers at U.S. universities. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "FBI Director Wray: Chinese theft has 'perverse effect' of US taxpayers funding Beijing’s advancement," 17 Sep. 2020 Now, Tang is in the Sacramento County Jail, charged with visa fraud. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "'Painted as spies': Chinese students, scientists say Trump administration has made life hostile amid battle against COVID-19," 23 Aug. 2020 If convicted of visa fraud and making a false statement, Tang could face up to 10 years in prison. Clare Roth,, "Chinese Researcher Who Hid in U.S. Consulate Pleads Not Guilty," 10 Aug. 2020 All were charged with visa fraud, the Justice Department said. Olga R. Rodriguez, Star Tribune, "Chinese scientist arrested after seeking medical care," 30 July 2020 Higuain, who signed with Inter Miami Sept. 18, was cleared for the match Saturday afternoon after receiving his visa and international transfer certificate. Khobi Price,, "Gonzalo Higuain to be available, expected to make Inter Miami debut against the Philadelphia Union," 26 Sep. 2020 Before the coronavirus pandemic, holding a U.S. passport granted visa-free access to 185 countries around the world. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Search of a Second Passport? You’re Not Alone," 18 Sep. 2020 Instead, a second citizenship from a Caribbean nation would guarantee them visa-free access to Europe for $150,000. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Covid-19 is shaking up the citizenship by investment industry," 16 Sep. 2020 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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13 Oct 2020

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“Visa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce visa (audio) \

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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