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marriage broker

a person who arranges marriages, usually between strangers, for a fee.
Origin of marriage broker
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then Marie's parents arrive with the marriage broker, Kezal.

  • The Shadchan, or marriage broker, has undoubtedly been an enemy to the Jewish people within their own lines.

  • Now that I have acquainted you with the marriage broker and his methods, I will tell you the story of his daughter.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • As the shoemaker's children walk barefooted, so was Leah left without a husband because her father was a marriage broker.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • The whole affair was carried along old-fashioned lines, through a marriage broker.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • I shall live many years for each dollar I made as a marriage broker—and every couple as happy as could be.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • After a few minutes' silence, Leib Aaronson, the marriage broker, said to his daughter.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • Elements of social control are superseding the "marriage broker" and the parental office in deciding what unions shall be allowed.

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • Polatkin nodded and turned to the examination of a pile of monthly statements by way of dismissing the marriage broker.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • So my father, at the age of sixteen and a half, lent a willing ear to the cooing voice of the marriage broker.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin

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