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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 of matchmaker1
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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Examples from the Web for matchmaker
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  • He was no matchmaker, he thanked Heaven; he would be ashamed to meddle with such sacred mysteries.

    Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • The matchmaker gesticulated with his hands, and shrugged his shoulders.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Mabel is a born manager and matchmaker—can't endure to see an eligible man uncaught.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • Sutoto was a member of the Berees, and there the mother was the matchmaker.

  • I have always conscientiously tried to be a matchmaker, but I have rarely succeeded.

    The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie
  • Upon the boat, Paul Jacquemin did not leave the side of the matchmaker.

    Prince Zilah, Complete Jules Claretie
  • One would think I was a matchmaker, and no one detests anything of that sort as I do,—no one!

    John Ward, Preacher Margaret Deland
British Dictionary definitions for matchmaker

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 matchmaker
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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matchmaker in Technology


A language for specifying and automating the generation of multi-lingual interprocess communication interfaces. MIG is an implementation of a subset of Matchmaker.
(1994-11-22)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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