noun, plural vi·sas.

  1. an endorsement issued by an authorized representative of a country and marked in a passport, permitting the passport holder to enter, travel through, or reside in that country for a specified amount of time, for the purpose of tourism, education, employment, etc.

verb (used with object), vi·saed, vi·sa·ing.

  1. to give a visa to; approve a visa for.
  2. to put a visa on (a passport).

noun plural -sas

  1. an endorsement in a passport or similar document, signifying that the document is in order and permitting its bearer to travel into or through the country of the government issuing it
  2. any sign or signature of approval

verb -sas, -saing or -saed (tr)

  1. to enter a visa into (a passport)
  2. to endorse or ratify

1831, “official signature or endorsement on a passport,” from French visa, from Modern Latin charta visa “verified paper,” literally “paper that has been seen,” from fem. past participle of Latin videre “to see” (see vision). Earlier visé (1810), from French past participle of viser “to examine, view.”

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