noun (plural same /ˈʃadxɛn/, shadchanim /ˈʃadxənɪm/, or shadchans)
A Jewish professional matchmaker or marriage broker.
- 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.
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