15th century, from Mahl (“meal”) + Zeit (“time”). The word Mahl (a mere spelling variant of Mal) originally meant "mealtime", but was transferred to the meal itself. The compound then assumed the sense "mealtime", but ultimately underwent the same semantic development yet again. Compare Dutch maaltijd, English mealtide, Danish måltid, Icelandic máltíð.
Mahlzeit f (genitive Mahlzeit, plural Mahlzeiten)
- (dated) mealtime
- Synonym: Essenszeit
- (colloquial) Ellipsis of ; enjoy your meal!
- Synonym: (more formal) guten Appetit
- (colloquial) good day, good afternoon; greeting used around lunchtime, roughly between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., especially in the workplace