All about the French word "Voilà"

You are going to discover all the things you need to know about the basic word “Voilà”.

It includes a full definition of what it is and how you can use it in a dialogue with an audio example. As well as the cool things we sprinkled like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonym and more!

Oh and in case you are interested, on this page you will find our others words tutorials plus all our French words explained on this page. Wish you a good learning!

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English translation

How to pronounce it

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Voilà meaning

Definition

“Voilà” is a French interjection which means “There it is!” / “There you go!” / “This is it!“. We use it to express satisfaction or to highlight an achievement. It basically creates drama when making an announcement or revealing something.

How to use it

Use it when you want to highlight something you just did, something you are happy with or proud of. Long story short: anything that deserves a little touch of drama…

  • Voilà, le dîner est prêt ! → There it is, dinner is ready!
  • Voilà, j’ai fini de ranger ma chambre ! → This is it, I’m done cleaning my room!
  • Voilà, j’avais encore raison ! → There it is, I was right again!
  • Voilà, tu aurais du m’écouter ! → There you go, you should have listen to me!

We also use it sometimes with “Et” (And) as following: “Et voila !” to make it even more theatrical.

  • Et voilà, tu as tout cassé ! → And there you go, you broke everything!
  • Et voilà, je suis le meilleur ! → And this is it, I’m the best!

N.B: we are here focusing on the famous use of “Voilà” as a preposition, but we can also use it in many different other cases in a sentence.

Funny stuff

It literally means “See there” because it comes from the words “Vois → see” and “là → there” but with it became just one word.

Synonyms and similarities

  • Et voilà → And there it is / And there you go / And this is it
  • Voici → There it is / There you go / This is it
  • Et voici → And there it is / And there you go / And this is it

Everyday life dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” Tu peux me passer le pain, s’il te plaît ? “
” Can you pass me the bread, please? “
” Voilà “
” There you go “
” Merci “
” Thank you “
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