mazel tov

or ma·zal tov

[ mah-zuhl tawv, tawf, tohv ]

  1. 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.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1860–65; from Yiddish mazltov, from Hebrew mazzāl tōv, literally, “good luck”; mazzāl “constellation, destiny, luck,” ultimately from Akkadian manzaltu, mazzaztum “location of a star, position”; tōv “good,” cognate with Arabic ṭayyib; cf. schlimazel

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