Origin of match1
- a game or contest in which two or more contestants or teams oppose each other: a soccer match.
- a contest consisting of a specific number of sets: a tennis match.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of match2
Examples from the Web for match
Contemporary Examples of match
Part of the problem is the mandate of the war and the means with which the U.S. is fighting it do not match up.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
We can also begin to plan our wardrobes to match our new and improved selves.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
When he is awarded Player of the Match while competing for India in England, he is given champagne at the ceremony.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
The trouble is, Pakistan kept losing its wars with India and is indeed no match for India.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
A season of Game of Thrones tells its story over ten hours, and only a video game adaptation could match or exceed that.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of match
What a dangerous character you'd be if you were sent to match silks!The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"For axemen and for spearmen I have not seen their match," the archer answered.
The thing was outrageous to him, and he set himself to match her cunning.Within the Law
They have journeyed far, sire, but they have never yet found their match.
She saw the flicker of the match across the street, and knew what it meant.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- a partnership between a man and a woman, as in marriage
- an arrangement for such a partnership
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for match
Word Origin for match
"stick for striking fire," late 14c., macche, "wick of a candle or lamp," from Old French meiche "wick of a candle," from Vulgar Latin *micca/*miccia (cf. Catalan metxa, Spanish mecha, Italian miccia), probably ultimately from Latin myxa, from Greek myxa "lamp wick," originally "mucus," based on notion of wick dangling from the spout of a lamp like snot from a nostril, from PIE root *meug- "slimy, slippery" (see mucus). Modern spelling is from mid-15c. (English snot also had a secondary sense of "snuff of a candle, burnt part of a wick" from late 14c., surviving at least to late 19c. in northern dialects.)
Meaning "piece of cord or splinter of wood soaked in sulfur, used for lighting fires, lamps, candles, etc." is from 1530. First used 1831 for the modern type of wooden friction match, and competed with lucifer for much of 19c. as the name for this invention.
"one of a pair, an equal," Old English mæcca, "companion, mate, one of a pair, wife, husband, one suited to another, an equal," from gemæcca, from Proto-Germanic *gamakon "fitting well together" (cf. Old Saxon gimaco "fellow, equal," Old High German gimah "comfort, ease," Middle High German gemach "comfortable, quiet," German gemach "easy, leisurely"), from PIE root *mak-/*mag- "to fit" (see make (v.)). Middle English sense of "matching adversary, person able to contend with another" (c.1300) led to sporting meaning "contest," first attested 1540s.
"to join one to another" (originally especially in marriage), late 14c., from match (n.2). Meaning "to place (one) in conflict with (another)" is from c.1400. That of "to pair with a view to fitness" is from 1520s; that of "to be equal to" is from 1590s. Related: Matched; matching.
see meet one's match; mix and match; whole ball of wax (shooting match).