match·​mak·​er ˈmach-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce matchmaker (audio)
: one that arranges a match
especially : one who tries to bring two unmarried individuals together in an attempt to promote a marriage
matchmaking noun

Examples of matchmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many Swifties have theorized that Sperry and Teller might have played matchmaker in Swift and Kelce’s romance, seeing as the Top Gun: Maverick is good friends with the Kelce brothers. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024 She’s also not deterred by the competition, which includes over 2,000 matchmakers and in-demand dating coaches. Hillary Hoffower, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2024 Some matchmakers require sellers to give them an exclusive time period to find a buyer, which can limit a creditor’s ability to shop a claim around. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 Industrial marketplaces are the new matchmakers, connecting buyers and sellers in a digital dance of commerce. Sarwant Singh, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 So, who exactly played matchmaker for Swift and Kelce? Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Another person who could have played matchmaker for Swift and Kelce is NFL broadcaster Erin Andrews. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Tinder says that profiles marked as nope by matchmakers won’t change. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 23 Oct. 2023 Many in Silicon Valley laud Altman’s strategic skill sets, including his ability to be a matchmaker among powerful people. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matchmaker was in 1638

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“Matchmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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match·​mak·​er -ˌmā-kər How to pronounce matchmaker (audio)
: one that arranges marriages
matchmaking noun

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