siman tov

Alternative Spellings

simen tov, seeman tov

Definitions

  • 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

Etymology

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

"Literally, 'good omen.' An expression of congratulations used by the Sephardim" (JPS).

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