shidduch

Alternative Spellings

shiduch, shidach, shidekh, shiddach

Definitions

  • mate
  • match
  • arranged spousal match
  • a date in the process of finding one's spouse

Example Sentences

  • "Give Me a Segula to Find My Shidduch" (http://www.hineni.org/rcolumn_print.asp?id=307&catid=3&category=1&arttype=rcolumn&url=rcolumn_view.asp)
  • "A couple once went on a shidduch, and who did they see on the other side of the room?" (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/funny-shidduch-stories)
  • "Do I really want a computer making my Shidduch?" (http://shidduchworld.org/ContentPage_id_11.aspx)
  • [After connecting an individual to an organization] "I'm glad I could make the shidduch."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

Heb שידוך shidúkh, Yiddish shídekh

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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