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shadchan

[Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English shaht-khuh n; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khahn] /Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈʃɑt xən; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɑtˈxɑn/
noun, plural shadchanim
[Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew shaht-khaw-nim; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khah-neem] /Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew ʃɑtˈxɔ nɪm; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɑt xɑˈnim/ (Show IPA).
English, shadchans. Yiddish and Hebrew.
1.

shadkhan

or shadchan, schatchen

[Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English shaht-khuh n; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khahn] /Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈʃɑt xən; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɑtˈxɑn/
noun, plural shadkhanim
[Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew shaht-khaw-nim; Sephardic Hebrew shaht-khah-neem] /Yiddish, Ashkenazic Hebrew ʃɑtˈxɔ nɪm; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɑt xɑˈnim/ (Show IPA).
English, shadkhans. Yiddish and Hebrew.
1.
a person who arranges Jewish marriages; matchmaker.
Origin of shadkhan
Yiddish shatkhn < Hebrew shadhkhān, derivative of shiddēkh arrange a marriage
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Historical Examples
  • Eliphaz grunted vaguely, and the shadchan went on triumphantly.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • She joined the enemy—the family and the shadchan—and my mother saw that she was doomed.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • "He has all the qualities that you desire," began the shadchan, in a tone that repudiated the implications of the monosyllable.

  • Sugarman the shadchan was not more zealous than is your vendor of rare books.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • "Perhaps they won't give a dowry," he thought, with a consolatory sense of outwitting the shadchan.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • I can show you a much larger stock than the ordinary shadchan.'

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • She still lives with her brother and his wife; he married Sugarman the shadchan's daughter, you know.'

  • One day, as she was leaving the school-premises, Sugarman the shadchan accosted her.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • The shadchan, or marriage broker, has undoubtedly been an enemy to the Jewish people within their own lines.

  • "Perhaps they won't give a dowry," he thought with a consolatory sense of outwitting the shadchan.

British Dictionary definitions for shadchan

shadchan

/ˈʃatxən; Hebrew ʃɑdˈxɑn/
noun (pl) shadchanim (ʃatˈxɔnɪm) shadchans
1.
a Jewish marriage broker
Word Origin
from Hebrew shadhkhān, from shiddēkh to arrange a marriage
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