shadchan

noun
shad·​chan
variants: or schatchen or shadchen \ ˈshätḵən , -​ädḵ-​ \
plural shadchonim\ -​ˈḵȯnə̇m , -​nēm \ or shadchans or schatchens or shadchens

Definition of shadchan

: a Jewish marriage broker or matchmaker

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History and Etymology for shadchan

Yiddish & Middle Hebrew; Yiddish shadkhn, from Middle Hebrew shadhkhān, from Late Hebrew shiddēkh to arrange a marriage

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“Shadchan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shadchan. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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