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 Shifting gears, did Ann Dowd play matchmaker between you and Damon on The Leftovers? Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'The Hunt' Director Decided Not to Push Back Against Critics," 27 Mar. 2020 After playing matchmaker to two of her teachers in order to boost her grades, Cher decides her next project will be giving Tai, the new kid at school, a makeover. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "45 Best Romantic Movies to Watch on Your Next Girl's Night," 5 Mar. 2020 Read our voter guide, take our candidate matchmaker quiz, and see which candidates your Bay Area community is giving money to here. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Who can be tested for coronavirus expands," 28 Feb. 2020 So, his brother kind of played matchmaker and had Chazz come in a couple times. Sarah Cook Mcbride, al, "See the intimate mountainside elopement of one Birmingham couple," 12 Feb. 2020 BUSINESS Casey McGrath is one of music's most sought-after matchmakers. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Night After Night's Casey McGrath On His Innovative Brand Partnerships for Quavo, 21 Savage & More," 10 Jan. 2020 Keke Palmer can officially add matchmaker to her already impressive resume. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Keke Palmer to Host Quibi Reboot of MTV Dating Competition Show Singled Out," 13 Dec. 2019 Critiques also happened inside the dressing room, where instead of discarding items that didn’t fit, the women held them up to one another, playing matchmaker. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "‘The differences get overlooked’: How people in their 20s swap clothes with people in their 70s," 9 Dec. 2019 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

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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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8 Apr 2020

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“Matchmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 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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