Definition of shadchan in English:

shadchan

Line breaks: shad|chan
Pronunciation: /ˈʃadxən
 
, ˈʃɒd-/
(also shadkhan)

noun (plural same /ˈʃadxɛn/, shadchanim /ˈʃadxənɪm/, or shadchans)

  • A Jewish professional matchmaker or marriage broker.
    More example sentences
    • By the 15th century, scholars as great as Maharal earned their livelihoods as professional shadchanim.
    • When young Orthodox men and women reach a marriageable age, and receive a recommendation from a shadchan, or matchmaker, about a potential mate, they make a very important phone call.
    • He kept telling shadchanim he was a yeshiva graduate.

Origin

from Yiddish shadkhn, based on Hebrew šiddēḵ 'negotiate'.

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