from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who arranges or tries to arrange marriages.
  • n. One who arranges athletic competitions, especially in professional boxing.

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  • n. someone who finds suitable marriage partners
  • n. someone who arranges professional boxing matches

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes matches for burning or kinding.
  • n. One who tries to bring about marriages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who plans or brings about marriages; especially, one who officiously or obtrusively engages in promoting a match or matches.
  • n. One who makes matches for burning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who arranges (or tries to arrange) marriages for others


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  • (n): one that arranges a match; especially : one who tries to bring two unmarried individuals together in an attempt to promote a marriage

    "Matchmaker, Matchmaker,

    Make me a match,

    Find me a find,

    catch me a catch

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker

    Look through your book,

    And make me a perfect match"

    partial lyrics of the song Matchmaker, Matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof. Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.

    January 21, 2008