mazel tov

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Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish מזל־טובֿ (mazl tov), from Hebrew מַזָּל (mazzāl, star, constellation; fate, luck), from Akkadian 𒌓𒁕 (manzaltu [UD.DA]) + Hebrew טוֹב (ṭôḇ, good); literally "good stars/luck".

Interjection[edit]

mazel tov!

  1. Used to express congratulations or good wishes, especially at weddings. (in a Jewish context)

Usage notes[edit]

While it literally means “good luck”, it is used more to express congratulations or well wishes retrospectively (at a wedding, after a purchase), rather than prospectively as good luck is often used.

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