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matchmaker1

[mach-mey-ker] /ˈmætʃˌmeɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person who arranges or tries to arrange marriages by introducing possible mates.
2.
a person who arranges matches for athletic contests, especially prizefights and wrestling matches.
3.
any person, organization, etc., that brings two parties together, as to effect a sale or other transaction:
an agent serving as a matchmaker between buyers and sellers.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; match2 + maker
Related forms
matchmaking, noun, adjective

matchmaker2

[mach-mey-ker] /ˈmætʃˌmeɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person who makes matches for burning.
Origin
1635-45; match1 + maker
Related forms
matchmaking, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for match making

matchmaker1

/ˈmætʃˌmeɪkə/
noun
1.
a person who brings together suitable partners for marriage
2.
a person who arranges competitive matches
Derived Forms
matchmaking, noun, adjective

matchmaker2

/ˈmætʃˌmeɪkə/
noun
1.
a person who makes matches (for igniting)
Derived Forms
matchmaking, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for match making

matchmaker

n.

also match-maker, "marriage-broker," 1630s, from match (n.2) + maker. Related: Match-making.

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