[English proh-sit, -zit]


(used as a toast to wish good health to one's drinking companions).

Also prost.

Origin of prosit

1840–50; < German < Latin: literally, may it benefit, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of prodesse to be beneficial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prosit

Historical Examples of prosit

  • "Prosit, Barnett," said the man, in a voice like the rasp of rusty metal.

    The Mystery

    Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • I involuntarily cried "Prosit und Gesundheit" as we whizzed through them.

    A Summer's Outing

    Carter H. Harrison

  • I haf put t'e bacillus of perfect vine into t'e new grape juice, and I svear it's—Prosit, dead eyes!

  • Then they cried, “Prosit” and clinked, so that the fine glass emitted a bell-like sound.

    A Little Garrison

    Fritz von der Kyrburg

  • After that he began to sing in a low voice, and before each fresh cup as he raised it he cried aloud "Prosit, Adam!"

British Dictionary definitions for prosit



good health! cheers!

Word Origin for prosit

German, from Latin, literally: may it prove beneficial
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Word Origin and History for prosit

1846, toast or expression wishing good health (from 16c., famously a drinking pledge by German students), Latin, literally "may it advantage (you)," third person singular present subjunctive of prodesse "to do good, be profitable" (see proud).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper