- a person who arranges or tries to arrange marriages by introducing possible mates.
- a person who arranges matches for athletic contests, especially prizefights and wrestling matches.
- any person, organization, etc., that brings two parties together, as to effect a sale or other transaction: an agent serving as a matchmaker between buyers and sellers.
Origin of matchmaker1
- a person who makes matches for burning.
Origin of matchmaker2
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Examples from the Web for matchmaker
The minister of Justice is supposed to be the watchdog of the law, not a matchmaker for the yakuza.Japan’s Justice Minister to Resign Over Yakuza Ties
October 19, 2012
Every matchmaker contacted admitted to female, and male, clients bringing up the sexually explicit S&M-themed novel.More Rich, High-Powered Women Are Turning to Matchmakers to Find Love
August 15, 2012
You need to clean yourself up, go into dating detox—my book, Become Your Own Matchmaker talks about that.Jersey Shore's Screwed-Up Matches
October 21, 2011
The matchmaker gesticulated with his hands, and shrugged his shoulders.Jewish Children
Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Sutoto was a member of the Berees, and there the mother was the matchmaker.The Wonder Island Boys: Adventures on Strange Islands
Roger Thompson Finlay
It isn't always that a matchmaker can be sure of being a benefactor to both sides.Duffels
A broad, benevolent, encouraging face, the face of a matchmaker.The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig
David Graham Phillips
Upon the boat, Paul Jacquemin did not leave the side of the matchmaker.Prince Zilah, Complete
- a person who brings together suitable partners for marriage
- a person who arranges competitive matches
- a person who makes matches (for igniting)
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Word Origin and History for matchmaker
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