When can be say "mahlzeit"?

I do not know it is said only for lunch or every time you look someone who is eating. ex morning.

February 9, 2018


Mahlzeit is used as a kind of colloquial greeting among colleagues around lunchtime. It's also said if somebody burps (coll. context) or if something goes wrong ("Prost Mahlzeit"). These usages come from the outdated or religious "Ich w√ľnsche (Dir/Euch/Ihnen) eine gesegnete Mahlzeit" (enjoy your meal).

In a formal context it means simply "meal".

February 9, 2018

If you are referring to the noun die Mahlzeit, that can be used for any meel of the day.

If you just say Mahlzeit you wish somebody a pleasant meal.

Nowadays some people even use it for greeting someone around noon, even if nobody is about to eat. Drives me nuts.

February 9, 2018

As you can see, "Mahlzeit" is a close equivalent to the English "meal", any meal really.

February 9, 2018
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