One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Japan: a person who acts as intermediary in arranging the introduction of parties to a possible marriage and assists in the subsequent negotiations; a person who accepts the formal role of matchmaker at a wedding ceremony whether or not he or she played a role in bringing the couple together.
Late 19th century. From Japanese nakōdo from nakaudo from nakabito from naka middle + -bito, combining form of hito person. With the sense compare middleman.
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