Italian Word of the Day: Evviva! (Hurray!)

Evviva! is what Italians shout when they want to celebrate something such as a promotion at work or a big lottery win. Two equivalents in English are Hurray! (sometimes spelled Hooray! or Hurrah!) and Yay!

cover image with the word “evviva” and its translation written on a notepad next to a cup of cofee

Evviva is a variation on the interjection Viva! preceded by the conjunction e (and).

Evviva, abbiamo raggiunto quota mille iscritti su YouTube!

Hurray, we’ve reached 1000 subscribers on YouTube!

When evviva is followed by a noun, it translates as hurray for (something) or long live (something).

Evviva gli sposi!

Long live the newlyweds!

Newly married couple leaving the church with confetti being thrown at them
Evviva gli sposi!

If you are being critical of someone however, it can also take on an ironic or sarcastic significance. The following phrase, for example, would be directed at someone who brags too much.

Evviva la modestia!

So much for modesty!

young man full of joy in the street
Ho preso la borsa di studio! Evviva! – I got the scholarship! Hurray!

When it isn’t used as an interjection, evviva can also function as an invariable masculine noun that means cheer, shout or hurrah. You’ll see it in both its singular and plural forms.

Il pubblico accolse il giocatore con evviva entusiastici.

The audience greeted the player with enthusiastic cheers.

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