Definition of viva voce in English:

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viva voce

Pronunciation: /ˌvēvə ˈvōCHā/
Pronunciation: /ˌvīvə ˈvōsē/


(Especially of an examination) oral rather than written.
Example sentences
  • At her final viva voce examination, she met all the history questions with a blank face.
  • Look, I am not conducting a viva voce examination of you, Mr White.
  • Castle gave viva voce evidence of his qualification and designation.


Orally rather than in writing.
Example sentences
  • The 63 chapters of liberties to the ‘freemen of England’ were sealed, and peace was made viva voce with renewed homage.
  • In all the circumstances, it seems to me that the proper course of action is to reserve the issue of costs on the motion to the trial judge, who can take into account the evidence heard viva voce at trial.
  • No such circumstances exist in this case and any evidence to be offered viva voce by witnesses in respect of the interpretation of clause N is therefore irrelevant.


(also viva) British
An oral examination, typically for an academic qualification.
Example sentences
  • I successfully completed my viva voce yesterday defending my project.
  • A girlfriend of mine turned Doctor today; she passed her viva voce with flying colours.


Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin, literally 'with the living voice'.

Words that rhyme with viva voce

sotto voce

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Syllabification: vi·va vo·ce

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