mazel tov

mazel tov

[mah-zuhl tawv, tawf, tohv] Yiddish.
noun
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.
interjection
2.
Congratulations!; Best wishes!: “Mazel tov,” Grandpa said as he thrust a five-dollar bill into my pocket. “I'm so proud of you!”
Also, mazal tov.


Origin:
1860–65; < Yiddish mazltov < Hebrew mazzāl tōbh literally, good luck

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mazel tov
1862, from mod. Heb. mazzal tob "good luck," from Heb. mazzaloth (pl.) "constellations."
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