Definition of shadkhan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHätKHən/ /SHädˈKHän/
(also shadchan) (plural same, shadkhanim /ˌSHädKHäˈnēm/, or shadkhans)
A Jewish professional matchmaker or marriage broker.
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.


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

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