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mazel tov

or mazal tov

[mah-zuh l tawv, tawf, tohv] /ˈmɑ zəl ˌtɔv, ˌtɔf, ˌtoʊv/ 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!”.
Origin of mazel tov
1860-1865
1860-65; < Yiddish mazltov < Hebrew mazzāl tōbh literally, good luck
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Word Origin and History for mazel tov

1862, from modern Hebrew mazzal tob "good luck," from Hebrew mazzaloth (plural) "constellations."

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