Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


Discuss
Email this
Feedback
RSS/XML
Permalink

A.Word.A.Day--qui vive

Pronunciation RealAudio

This week's theme: terms from French.

qui vive (kee VEEV) noun

Alert, lookout. (Used in the phrase "on the qui vive").

[From French qui vive, literally "(Long) live who?" It was used by a sentry to challenge someone approaching the gate. A proper response might be "Vive le roi!" or "La France!"]

See more usage examples of qui vive in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Are there some more subtle signals a man ought to be on the qui vive for?" James Ahearn; Ask Mr. Manners; The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey); Oct 23, 1991.

X-Bonus

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. -Theodor Adorno, philosopher and composer (1903-1969)

Subscribe:

Sign up to receive A.Word.A.Day in your mailbox every day.

Sponsored by:

Give the Gift of Words

Share the magic of words. Send a gift subscription of A.Word.A.Day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 

Interact:

Bulletin board
Wordsmith Talk

Moderated Chat
Wordsmith Chat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith