siman tov


siman tov (SIH-mihn TOV) listen


  • interj. A congratulatory term meaning "(may it be) a good omen!"

Example Sentences

  • "May this blessing be a siman tov for you and your family."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • סימן טוב siman tov 'a good sign'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      simen tov, seeman tov


  • The Sephardic equivalent to the Ashkenazi "mazel tov".

    "A song entitled 'Siman Tov and Mazel Tov,' is sung by the guests at happy occasions." (JPS)

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