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a. One who finds a person for another to marry.
b. One who finds a person for another to have a romantic relationship with, or who finds two people to have a romantic relationship with each other.
2. One who arranges athletic competitions, especially in professional boxing.
3. One who establishes or tries to establish a partnership between people, groups of people, or businesses: "The firm acts as a matchmaker for smaller businesses, especially in the countryside, where older presidents can't find someone to take over" (Yuko Takeo).

match′mak′ing n.


1. (Professions) a person who brings together suitable partners for marriage
2. (Professions) a person who arranges competitive matches
3. (General Sporting Terms) a person who arranges competitive matches
ˈmatchˌmaking n, adj


(Professions) a person who makes matches (for igniting)
ˈmatchˌmaking n, adj


(ˈmætʃˌmeɪ kər)

1. a person who arranges marriages by introducing possible mates.
2. a person who arranges potential alliances.
match′mak`ing, n., adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matchmaker - someone who arranges (or tries to arrange) marriages for othersmatchmaker - someone who arranges (or tries to arrange) marriages for others
go-between, intercessor, intermediary, intermediator, mediator - a negotiator who acts as a link between parties


noun go-between, marriage broker, pandar Some friends played matchmaker and had us both over to dinner.
شَخص يُنَظِّم الزواج بين الناس
ženitni posrednik


[ˈmætʃˌmeɪkəʳ] Ncasamentero/a m/f, alcahuete/a m/f


[ˈmætʃˌmeɪkəʳ] n (arranger of marriages) → sensale m/f di matrimoni (Sport) → organizzatore/trice di incontri sportivi
she is a great matchmaker → ha combinato molte unioni felici


(mӕtʃ) noun
1. a contest or game. a football/rugby/chess match.
2. a thing that is similar to or the same as another in some way(s) eg in colour or pattern. These trousers are not an exact match for my jacket.
3. a person who is able to equal another. She has finally met her match at arguing.
4. a marriage or an act of marrying. She hoped to arrange a match for her daughter.
1. to be equal or similar to something or someone in some way eg in colour or pattern. That dress matches her red hair.
2. to set (two things, people etc) to compete. He matched his skill against the champion's.
matched adjective
paired or joined together, eg in marriage, or as contestants in a competition etc. a well-matched couple; The competitors were evenly matched.
ˈmatchless adjective
having no equal. a woman of matchless beauty.
ˈmatchmaker noun
a person who tries to arrange marriages between people.
References in classic literature ?
In time, however, there came another youth, as true, I dare say, as the first, but not so well known to me, and I shrugged my shoulders cynically to see my old friend once more a matchmaker.
It is a very good project, but I am no matchmaker," said the old lady.
When the topic turned to the surprise matches of the season, the cast had a lot to say about MTV's matchmakers and the matchmaking process.
Modern scholarship has detected a striking difference between Sepharad and Ashkenaz regarding the use and prevalence of matchmakers (shadkhanim).
South Carolina Matchmakers has announced it is opening a new office at Hilton Head Island.
Caption: Matchmakers Janis and Carly Spindel hosted 'Love Meets Real Estate' at Roslyn Landing.
This is the only means to block the way for these fake matchmakers," said Al Jaberi.
The local council of Beit El has come up with an original way to deal with the bachelorhood issue in the community: The council has begun employing matchmakers to help single women start a family in Israel.
The committee said that issuing licenses to matchmakers was suggested after it was found that some matchmakers are manipulating the public, citing cases where a woman was found to be married twice to two different husbands by a matchmaker.
The Chief Prosecutor advised the women, who are looking to get married, to be careful and not be lured by such fraudulent matchmakers.
These ingenious matchmakers exploit such people to the hilt," lamented a victim of a matchmaker.
30 ( ANI ): People are looking for superficial attributes such as wealth, beauty and status than for qualities such as honesty, compassion and kindness, which would make a good partner and parent, according to matchmakers.