matchmaker

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[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.

Origin of matchmaker

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

matchmaker

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

Origin of matchmaker

2
First recorded in 1635–45; match1 + maker
Related formsmatch·mak·ing, noun, adjective
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matchmaker

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

matchmaker

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noun
  1. a person who makes matches (for igniting)
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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