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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
To apply for the visa, a petitioner first needs a certification from a law-enforcement official. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2023 According to the documents from the Department of Homeland Security's U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, Santos' mom, Fatima Devolder, applied in February 2003 for an immigrant visa from the American consulate in Brazil. Oren Oppenheim, ABC News, 19 Jan. 2023 There clearly was miscommunication, or perhaps rivalry, between the regional government of Victoria, which initially supported the visa, and the federal government, which canceled it. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2023 Some Democrats have called for Bolsonaro's temporary visa to be revoked in light of the storming government buildings by pro-Bolsonaro protesters angry about his recent election defeat. CBS News, 13 Jan. 2023 State Department spokesman Ned Price has not confirmed whether this is the case but has noted that this type of visa could lapse if the individual has a change in position, NBC News reported. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 11 Jan. 2023 To leave the country, Eritreans must have an exit visa, but the government rarely grants them. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, 9 Jan. 2023 CRIM Squad revoked Chan’s B-1 visa and pushed him through the gate at Whiskey Two. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 8 Jan. 2023 An application fee for companies trying to transfer executives or managers from their offices abroad to the U.S. with an L visa would jump from $460 to $1,385 — or $1,985 with the asylum fee. Hamed Aleazizstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 2 Feb. 2023.

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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