mazel tov

Pronunciations

mazal tov (MAH-zil TAHV)
mazel tov (MAH-zil TAHF)
mazal tov (mah-ZAHL TOHV)

Definitions

  • interj. Congratulations [lit. "good fortune"].

Example Sentences

  • An elderly congregant at my pulpit said to the bat miztvah "Mazel Tof, Zoe. What a great job you did."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • Heb מזל טוב mazál tov, Yiddish מזל־טובֿ mázltov

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      mazl tov, mazal tof, mazal tov, mazel tov, mazol tov, mazeltof, mazeltov, mazel toff

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