Mahlzeit

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmaːlˌt͡saɪ̯t/
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Noun[edit]

Mahlzeit f (genitive Mahlzeit, plural Mahlzeiten)

  1. meal
    Synonyms: Essen, Mahl
    Hyponyms: Morgenmahlzeit, Mittagsmahlzeit, Abendmahlzeit, Zwischenmahlzeit
  2. (dated) mealtime
    Synonym: Essenszeit

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Interjection[edit]

Mahlzeit!

  1. (colloquial) Ellipsis of gesegnete Mahlzeit (literally blessed meal); enjoy your meal!
    Synonym: (more formal) guten Appetit
  2. (colloquial) good day, good afternoon; greeting used around lunchtime, roughly between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., especially in the workplace

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