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 visa (audio) , -​səd \; visaing\ ˈvē-​zə-​iŋ How to pronounce visa (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 While there, his visa expired, so he got stranded abroad from September 2020 to July 2021, leaving her alone in Japan. Kate Springer, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Sep. 2021 Vidal, 33, an Italian who had worked as a nanny in Washington for seven years, was home renewing her visa when the Trump administration announced the ban and has been unable to return., 21 Sep. 2021 But the 23-year-old finance student said the U.S. revoked his student visa on security grounds. Fu Ting, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2021 Carlson abandoned his New Zealand adventure, flew back to Chicago, organized his visa, then hopped on a plane to Beijing to meet the Koryo Tours group. Francesca Street, CNN, 14 July 2021 And the mother was killed, and the daughter ended up getting her visa, like days later, and came to see her mother at her funeral. Clara Longo De Freitas,, 10 July 2021 He was granted a special visa to move to the U.S. in 2013, immigrating by himself a few months before Halima arrived with their two children, a boy and an infant girl. oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2021 Haqanzai, who had worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan, settled in Louisville in 2018, after he was granted a special immigrant visa. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, 16 Sep. 2021 Under a new agricultural visa to be introduced this month, the government expects the number of Pacific islander and East Timorese laborers working in Australian primary industries will double to 24,000 by early next year. Rod Mcguirk, ajc, 14 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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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“Visa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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