Definition of matchmaking in US English:

matchmaking

noun

  • The arranging of marriages or initiation of romantic relationships between others.

    ‘opportunities for matchmaking between her daughter and some suitable partners’
    as modifier ‘an online matchmaking service’
    • ‘Perhaps that is why this holier-than-thou hoochie seeks the psychic matchmaking advice of a monstrous drag queen.’
    • ‘The narrative deals with events of boyhood, then courting, matchmaking, and marriage, and afterwards the unremitting harshness of life.’
    • ‘A matchmaking service has been ordered to pay financial damages for introducing a woman to a future husband whom she says beat her.’
    • ‘They claim not to have the man shortage seen at high-end matchmaking services and other more serious dating outlets.’
    • ‘She toys with the dangerous idea of matchmaking her spirited and charming sister-in-law with Zhang.’
    • ‘Can the elusive art of matchmaking be reduced to equations and databases?’
    • ‘Naturally, this has his mother's matchmaking radar going like gangbusters.’
    • ‘Despite her claims to matchmaking, it seems like Mr. Knightley is a much better judge of the human heart.’
    • ‘She learns of his broken heart and sets about doing some matchmaking with a local nurse.’
    • ‘Their old family friend dislikes her matchmaking and worries she will harm Harriet.’

Pronunciation

matchmaking

/ˈmætʃˌmeɪkɪŋ//ˈmaCHˌmākiNG/