or ma·zal tov
[mah-zuh l tawv, tawf, tohv]Yiddish.
- an expression of congratulations and best wishes, used chiefly by Jews: A chorus of mazel tovs greeted the newlyweds as they circulated from table to table.
- Congratulations!; Best wishes!: “Mazel tov,” Grandpa said as he thrust a five-dollar bill into my pocket. “I'm so proud of you!”
Origin of mazel tov
1860–65; < Yiddish mazltov < Hebrew mazzāl tōbh literally, good luck
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1862, from modern Hebrew mazzal tob "good luck," from Hebrew mazzaloth (plural) "constellations."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper