What does qui vive mean?

Definitions for qui viveki ˈviv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alert, qui vive(noun)

    condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action

    "bombers were put on alert during the crisis"


  1. qui vive(Noun)

    a state of heightened vigilance, especially prior to battle

  2. Origin: who lives? - a sentry's challenge

Webster Dictionary

  1. Qui vive

    the challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; -- used like the English challenge: "Who comes there?"

  2. Origin: [F., fr. qui who + vive, pres. subj. of vivre to live.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Qui vive

    kē vēv, Who goes there?—the challenge of French sentries to those who approach their posts.—Be on the qui vive, to be on the alert. [Fr.,—qui, who, vive, 3d pers. sing. pres. subj. of vivre, to live—L. vivĕre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of qui vive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of qui vive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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