shidduch (SHIH-dukh) listen


  • "In popular usage, any match or alliance, as in The shidduch between the two organization was a success." (Steinberg)

  • n. A date in the process of finding one's spouse.

  • n. An arranged spousal match.

  • n. A mate.

Example Sentences

  • "Give Me a Segula to Find My Shidduch" (source)

  • "A couple once went on a shidduch, and who did they see on the other side of the room?" (source)

  • "Do I really want a computer making my Shidduch?"

  • [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


  • 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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

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

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