shadchan

[Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English shaht-khuh n; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khahn]
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.
  1. shadkhan.

shadkhan

or shad·chan, schat·chen

[Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English shaht-khuh n; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khahn]
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.
  1. a person who arranges Jewish marriages; matchmaker.

Origin of shadkhan

Yiddish shatkhn < Hebrew shadhkhān, derivative of shiddēkh arrange a marriage
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Examples from the Web for shadchan

Historical Examples of shadchan

  • She joined the enemy—the family and the shadchan—and my mother saw that she was doomed.

  • Sugarman the Shadchan was not more zealous than is your vendor of rare books.

    The Bibliotaph

    Leon H. Vincent

  • I can show you a much larger stock than the ordinary Shadchan.'

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • Eliphaz grunted vaguely, and the Shadchan went on triumphantly.

    The King of Schnorrers

    Israel Zangwill

  • One day, as she was leaving the school-premises, Sugarman the Shadchan accosted her.

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill


British Dictionary definitions for shadchan

shadchan

noun plural shadchanim (ʃatˈxɔnɪm) or shadchans
  1. a Jewish marriage broker

Word Origin for shadchan

from Hebrew shadhkhān, from shiddēkh to arrange a marriage
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