shadkhan


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shad•khan

or shad•chan

(ˈʃɑt xən)

n., pl. shad•kha•nim (ʃɑtˈxɔ nɪm)
shad•khans.
a Jewish marriage broker.
[1890–95; Yiddish shatkhn < Hebrew shadhkhān, derivative of shiddēkh arrange a marriage]
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In Pearl Abraham's "The Engagement," about a match made for a seventeen-year-old Hasidic girl who teaches secular subjects at a Hasidic girls' school, the protagonist's mother has to field pointed questions from the shadkhan (marriage broker) about her daughter's intelligence.
124) No doubt, a matchmaker, a shadkhan, usually gifted with many wiles, was likely involved.