One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Jewish professional matchmaker or marriage broker.
- ‘From the stories told by Cherie's close friends, mother, sister, and shadchan, I realized that her road towards matrimony had been pockmarked by sudden detours, geographic dislocations, and emotional turbulence.’
- ‘He kept telling shadchanim he was a yeshiva graduate.’
- ‘By the 15th century, scholars as great as Maharal earned their livelihoods as professional shadchanim.’
- ‘When young Orthodox men and women reach a marriageable age, and receive a recommendation from a shadchan, or matchmaker, about a potential mate, they make a very important phone call.’
- ‘Joanne, an effervescent 42-year-old mother of seven, is a shadchan, one of the matchmakers who devote hours each day to arranging matrimonial blind dates, or shidduchs.’
From Yiddish shadkhn, based on Hebrew šiddēḵ ‘negotiate’.
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