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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Other Words from matchmaker

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

Examples of matchmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Day nears, a matchmaker must find a mate for an entrepreneur who believes staying single is the key to success. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 That’s where a matchmaker can be a valuable alternative. Cheryl Maida,, "Date with purpose during COVID-19 | Opinion," 11 Mar. 2021 Founded in 2018, Harness Wealth bills itself as a matchmaker between investors and advisors, specifically catering to young clients who are aging into a better fiscal position but who lack relationships in financial services. Jason Bisnoff, Forbes, "Harness Wealth Helps Next Generation Find Financial Advice Amidst IPO Boom," 12 Mar. 2021 Amy Van Doran, a matchmaker in New York, suggests sharing the love on Feb. 14. Abby Ellin, New York Times, "Is Valentine’s Day Canceled?," 9 Feb. 2021 In 2017, Gladstone moved into a studio on West 13th Street belonging to Matt Titus, a former celebrity matchmaker who was hastily subletting the four remaining months on his lease. Bridget Read, Curbed, "The Nightmare Share," 2 Feb. 2021 Aguilera said the scene early in the film in which Mulan is glammed up with makeup to meet the matchmaker against her choosing is a favorite of hers — with newfound meaning since becoming a mother. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Christina Aguilera Gets ‘Cozy’ with Her Kids to Watch New Mulan: ‘A Beautiful Thing to Share’," 7 Sep. 2020 The most surprising part of the matchmaker results is that Toppin has gotten by far the most matches. Connor Letourneau,, "Who do Warriors fans like in NBA draft? Our quiz’s results are surprising," 13 Nov. 2020 Blake Lee plays a New York lawyer whose mother (Fran Drescher) plays matchmaker and sets her son up with his high school crush (Ben Lewis, Lee’s real-life husband). Washington Post, "A guide to this year’s holiday movies, from Dolly Parton’s musical to Kristen Stewart’s queer rom-com," 27 Nov. 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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3 Apr 2021

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“Matchmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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