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

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Lawton, who previously worked as a matchmaker, told me. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "“For conservatives, by conservatives”: the rise of right-wing dating apps," 26 Dec. 2018 According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anya Taylor-Joy is slated to play the title role in a new film adaption of the 1815 story about a headstrong young woman and matchmaker in Georgian-Regency England. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A New Adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma Is in the Works," 26 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile Ralph Lauren, who was the unofficial matchmaker for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, will celebrate his 50th anniversary with a black tie soirée in Central Park tonight. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "New York Fashion Week Is Celebrities’s Hottest Date Night," 7 Sep. 2018 To begin this process, think of each planet’s specific function: Mercury is a messenger, Venus is a matchmaker, and Mars is a warrior. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 Becky Porter, a matchmaker at offline dating service Three Day Rule, talks with singles at a 2017 event in New York. Kari Paul, WSJ, "Tired of Swiping Right, Some Singles Try Slow Dating," 28 Aug. 2018 And Will Schmid, our inadvertent matchmaker, played and sang at the wedding in 1981, along with his wife, Ann, on autoharp. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Educators spread the joy of music to many. And they accidentally led me to my wife," 6 July 2018 Also be sure to read our list of the top 50 free agents and our FA matchmaker. The Si Staff,, "2018 NBA Free Agency: Grading Every Deal," 1 July 2018 As South Korean President Moon Jae-in has sought to play the matchmaker between Trump and Kim in hopes of easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Abe has been concerned about an outcome that could leave Japan’s security interests unresolved. David Nakamura, The Seattle Times, "Trump to meet with Japanese prime minister ahead of potential North Korea summit," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of matchmaker

1638, in the meaning defined above

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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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