[ guh-zoont-hahyt ]
/ gəˈzʊnt haɪt /
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(used to wish good health, especially to a person who has just sneezed.)
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Origin of gesundheit

1905–10, Americanism;<German: literally, health, equivalent to gesund healthy (Old High German gisunt;see sound2) + -heit-hood
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How to use gesundheit in a sentence

  • At the same interview, when the doctor sneezed, she said "Gesundheit."

    Benign Stupors|August Hoch
  • I involuntarily cried "Prosit und Gesundheit" as we whizzed through them.

    A Summer's Outing|Carter H. Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for gesundheit

/ German (ɡəˈzʊnthait) /

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an expression used to wish good health to someone who has just sneezed

Word Origin for gesundheit

from gesund healthy + -heit -hood; see sound ²
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Cultural definitions for gesundheit

[ (guh-zoont-heyt) ]

German for “good health.” Like the English phrase “Bless you,” it is conventionally said to someone who has just sneezed. This reflects the superstition that a sneeze can cause the soul to fly out of the body; saying the phrase prevents this from happening.

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