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vi·​va·​ce vē-ˈvä-(ˌ)chā How to pronounce vivace (audio) -chē How to pronounce vivace (audio)
: a musical composition or movement in vivace tempo


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adverb or adjective

: in a brisk spirited manner
used as a direction in music

Examples of vivace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
A bit of autopilot takes over patches of the virtuoso Mazeppa and Feux follets, but Lim brings rhetorical flair to the second movement Molto vivace, and real poetry to Paysage. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 13 July 2023 And the final Allegro vivace was gripping, Beethoven at his most charming and churlish. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 13 May 2023 The Molto vivace finale, complete with Prokofiev’s surprise exposition repeat, was fleet and explosive. Jeffrey Gantz,, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Adverb or adjective

Italian, vivacious, from Latin vivac-, vivax

First Known Use


circa 1683, in the meaning defined above

Adverb Or Adjective

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vivace was circa 1683

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Cite this Entry

“Vivace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: in a brisk spirited manner
used as a direction in music
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