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or voila

[vwah-lah; French vwa-la] /vwɑˈlɑ; French vwaˈla/
(used to express success or satisfaction). Voilà, my new winter outfit!
Origin of voilà
1825-35; < French, equivalent to voi see! (2nd person singular imperative of voir to see) + la there
Can be confused
viola, voilà. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • voila son chiffre, Henri-Charles Moubray—et voila le cimier du famille.'

    Emmeline Charlotte Turner Smith
  • The distinction of voila and voici is expressed by ottama and ottana.

  • The stories have met; I take up the ends of them; I twine them together, and, voila!

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • Les prjugs, voila les voleurs; les vices, voila les meurtriers.

    Passing By Maurice Baring
  • He jumped up, pointed to the page, and cried out, "voila mon affaire!"

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
Word Origin and History for voila

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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