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matchmaker1

[mach-mey-ker]
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noun
  1. a person who arranges or tries to arrange marriages by introducing possible mates.
  2. a person who arranges matches for athletic contests, especially prizefights and wrestling matches.
  3. 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.
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Origin of matchmaker1

First recorded in 1630–40; match2 + maker
Related formsmatch·mak·ing, noun, adjective

matchmaker2

[mach-mey-ker]
noun
  1. a person who makes matches for burning.
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Origin of matchmaker2

First recorded in 1635–45; match1 + maker
Related formsmatch·mak·ing, noun, adjective
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matchmaker1

noun
  1. a person who brings together suitable partners for marriage
  2. a person who arranges competitive matches
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Derived Formsmatchmaking, noun, adjective

matchmaker2

noun
  1. a person who makes matches (for igniting)
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Derived Formsmatchmaking, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for matchmaker

n.

also match-maker, "marriage-broker," 1630s, from match (n.2) + maker. Related: Match-making.

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