shadchan

[ Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English shaht-khuh n; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khahn ]
/ Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈʃɑt xən; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɑtˈxɑn /

noun, plural shad·cha·nim [Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew shaht-khaw-nim; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khah-neem] /Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew ʃɑtˈxɔ nɪm; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɑt xɑˈnim/, English shad·chans. Yiddish and Hebrew.

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shadkhan

or shad·chan, schat·chen

[ Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English shaht-khuh n; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khahn ]
/ Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈʃɑt xən; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɑtˈxɑn /

noun, plural shad·kha·nim [Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew shaht-khaw-nim; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khah-neem] /Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew ʃɑtˈxɔ nɪm; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɑt xɑˈnim/, English shad·khans. Yiddish and Hebrew.

a person who arranges Jewish marriages; matchmaker.

Origin of shadkhan

Yiddish shatkhn < Hebrew shadhkhān, derivative of shiddēkh arrange a marriage
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British Dictionary definitions for shadchan

shadchan
/ Yiddish (ˈʃatxən, Hebrew ʃɑdˈxɑn) /

noun plural shadchanim (ʃatˈxɔnɪm) or shadchans

a Jewish marriage broker

Word Origin for shadchan

from Hebrew shadhkhān, from shiddēkh to arrange a marriage
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