voilà

or voi·la

[vwah-lah; French vwa-la]

Origin of voilà

1825–35; < French, equivalent to voi see! (2nd person singular imperative of voir to see) + la there
Can be confusedviola voilà
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Contemporary Examples of voila

  • Kerry had his tough words for Netanyahu, both about Iran and about Palestine, and voila—it worked.

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    How Netanyahu Plays the Settlement Game

    Michael Omer-Man

    November 13, 2013

  • And voila, no one in this country wanted to issue bearer bonds any more.

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    Why Bitcoin is a Bubble

    Megan McArdle

    April 10, 2013

  • Colorful tints, eye-catching graphics and mouth-watering images combined and voila, the menu was born!

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    Vintage American Menus

    David Lincoln Ross

    September 10, 2011

  • In the mid-'90s, it got remixed on an independent label and, voila—a whole other round of gay pride performances.

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    Gays Turn on Lady Gaga

    Jacob Bernstein

    February 14, 2011

  • "Eh, sure," the engaged populace responded, and voila: Free votes for Creigh Deeds!

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    Hillary All Over Again?

    Jim Newell

    June 8, 2009

Historical Examples of voila


Word Origin and History for voila

1739, French, imperative of voir "to see" + la "there."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper