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Used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.
[German, health, from Middle High German gesuntheit, from gesunt, healthy, from Old High German gisunt.]
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an expression used to wish good health to someone who has just sneezed
[from gesund healthy + -heit -hood; see sound2]
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(used to wish good health, esp. to a person who has just sneezed.)
[1905–10, Amer.; < German: literally, health =gesund healthy (Old High German gisunt; see sound2) + -heit -hood]
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A German word meaning good health, said conventionally when some one sneezes.
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