Origin of mazel tovClassical Hebrew (language) (often via Yiddish) from m?zal, luck + t?v, good
Mazel tov is what would be said at a Jewish wedding.
An example of mazel tov is what is said after a Jewish wedding.
also ma·zal tov
Origin of mazel tovMishnaic Hebrew mazzāl &tlowdot;ôb good luck mazzāl constellation, destiny ( ultimately from Akkadian manzaltu, mazzaztum position of a star ) ( from izuzzu to stand &dlowmac;w&dlowmac;1) &tlowdot;ôb good &tlowdot;yb
- Used to express congratulations or good wishes, especially at weddings. (in a Jewish context)
While it literally means “good luck”, it is used more to express congratulations or well wishes retrospectively (at a wedding, after a purchase), rather than prospectively as good luck is often used.