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shidduch

Alternative Spellings

shiddach, shidakh, shidach, shiddakh, shiddech, shiddekh, shiddukh, shidech, shidekh, shidukh, shiduch

Definitions

  • a date in the process of finding one's spouse
  • a mate
  • an arranged spousal match
  • "In popular usage, any match or alliance, as in The shidduch between the two organization was a success." (Steinberg)

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."
  • "When we set up Adam with Kate it was such a good shidduch!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

Hebrew שידוך shidúkh, Yiddish shídekh

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
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 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 Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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