12th cent. From Latin via 'id.'
From Proto-Italic *wijā- 'id.' From Proto-Indo-European *u̯ih1-eh2- "pursuit," from the root verb *u̯ei̯h1- "to pursue."
Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Portuguese via, Galician vía, Catalan via, French voie, Italian via; Eastern Vulgar Latin: Romanian via
Italic: Oscan víú "road," Umbrian via 'id.,' South Picene víam 'id.'
Indo-European: Balto-Slavic: Old Church Slavonic povinǫti "to subject," Lithuanian výti "to drive;" Hellenic: Ancient Greek ἵεσθαι (ísthai) "to strive;" Indo-Iranian: Sanskrit viyánti "they pursue," Young Avestan viia- "to pursue"
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