Definition of matchmaker in US English:



  • 1A person who arranges relationships and marriages between others, either informally or, in certain cultural communities, as a formal occupation.

    ‘an enthusiastic matchmaker who continually tried to pair off the difficult bachelor with unattached ladies’
    • ‘Dating is not allowed, and marriages are arranged by the families or by matchmakers.’
    • ‘Traditionally, marriages were arranged by the couple's parents through a matchmaker.’
    • ‘The marriage of her own parents were arranged through a matchmaker and they were married without even meeting each other first.’
    • ‘Some vestiges of arranged marriage continue and many couples rely on matchmakers to find mates.’
    • ‘This type of lover may profit from working with a matchmaker or a computer dating service, in which inappropriate relationship candidates will be screened out.’
    • ‘The couple were set up by the matchmaker and their marriage agreed upon by their parents and they didn't even have to know one another before the wedding ceremony.’
    • ‘Marriages are often arranged by the families through the services of a matchmaker or go-between, and commence with a ritual celebration, or wedding.’
    • ‘These are the professional matchmakers, but there are also matchmakers who just promote marriage out of kind-heartedness.’
    • ‘Parents or matchmakers do most of the visiting and arranging.’
    • ‘If the concept takes off, the matchmakers hope to arrange more events for specific age-groups later in the year.’
    • ‘She dubbed herself an official matchmaker and dispensed all sorts of advice to her brother.’
    • ‘Others may find partners through arranged meetings made by parents, relatives, friends, and professional matchmakers.’
    • ‘Marriages often are brokered by a matchmaker since the economic aspects of marriage require experienced calculation.’
    • ‘Most offline dating services and matchmakers do not perform background checks, nor do speed dating, other singles organizations, and newspaper personal ads.’
    • ‘Other men asked a matchmaker to arrange marriages for them.’
    • ‘Anyway, being a professional matchmaker really appeals to me.’
    • ‘Traditionally, marriages are arranged, generally through the mediation of a matchmaker.’
    • ‘All his opponents in his sensational contender days had been arranged by a sleazy matchmaker.’
    • ‘This was still a country of matchmakers and arranged marriages, and much pressure was brought to bear.’
    • ‘Most marriages in the world are arranged by family members or matchmakers, and in many of these, partners somehow learn to love each other over time.’
    marriage broker, marriage bureau, dating agency
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    1. 1.1 A person or company that brings parties together for commercial purposes.
      ‘the company acts as an employment matchmaker for the financial services industry’
      • ‘As a result, it is now acting as matchmaker in encouraging mergers and alliances that will slim the civil aviation sector down to more competitive proportions.’
      • ‘She prefers to think of herself as a piano matchmaker.’
      • ‘The firm is a merger and acquisition matchmaker for companies with market values of $300,000 to $15 million.’
      • ‘Like business brokers, the matchmakers are unregulated or, at most, loosely regulated.’
      • ‘The same point could be made about the financial matchmakers, who whip up merger mania to earn big commissions.’
      marriage broker, marriage bureau, dating agency
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