Definition of que voulez-vous in US English:

que voulez-vous

exclamation

  • Expressing mild exasperation or resignation: ‘what do you expect?’, ‘what can one expect?’.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Thackeray (1811–1863), novelist. From French que voulez-vous, lit. ‘what do you want?’ from que (interrogative pronoun) what + voulez, 2nd person plural of vouloir to wish, want + vous you (plural).

Pronunciation

que voulez-vous

/kə ˌvuːleɪˈvuː/