match·​mak·​er | \ ˈmach-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce matchmaker (audio) \

Definition of matchmaker

: one that arranges a match especially : one who tries to bring two unmarried individuals together in an attempt to promote a marriage

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matchmaking \ ˈmach-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce matchmaking (audio) \ noun

Examples of matchmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The matchmaker has just found the free-spirited Hua Mulan (Liu Yifei) a suitable match, and Mulan dutifully tries to learn the arts associated with being the perfect Chinese wife—while secretly practicing martial arts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The full trailer for Disney’s live-action Mulan is here, and it’s breathtaking," 5 Dec. 2019 The glimpse of the upcoming Disney live-action remake, out in 2020, opens with Mulan riding a horse across a field, then cuts to her family announcing that the matchmaker has found an auspicious match for her. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "The First Trailer for Disney’s Live-Action Mulan Is Here," 5 Dec. 2019 As the clock ticks toward the deadline, the matchmaker finds him the perfect wife -- only to realize that she’s fallen in love with him. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 That’s because koala matchmakers with the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums said the two animals’ genes were already sufficiently represented in the koala gene pool. Steve Rubenstein,, "SF Zoo’s new koala needs a name. Contest will raise money for his relatives Down Under," 17 Jan. 2020 People met their prospective spouses through friends or matchmakers. New York Times, "China’s Seniors, Looking for Love, Head to the Park," 24 Dec. 2019 In 1985’s The Bride, the newfound solo artist took on yet another new role as ultimately doomed Baron Charles Frankenstein who attempted play matchmaker to his monsters. Aly Semigran, Billboard, "Musicians In Horror Movies: 13 Best Cameos and Starring Roles," 23 Oct. 2019 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Matthew McConaughey is playing matchmaker. Ale Russian,, "Matthew McConaughey Is Setting Up His Mom with Hugh Grant's Dad: It Will Be 'Red Hot'," 17 Jan. 2020 Thus, Twitter is out here trying to play matchmaker. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Twitter Really Wants Vanessa Hudgens to Get Back Together with Zac Efron Now That She’s Single," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of matchmaker

1638, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matchmaker was in 1638

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26 Feb 2020

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“Matchmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of matchmaker

: a person who tries to bring two people together so that they will marry each other

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