n. A merry maker as at a Jewish wedding or other Jewish celebration.
"I've heard that the badchen at my great grandparents' wedding made my great great grandfather laugh so hard he spit schnapps out of his nose."
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Heb. בדחן / בַּדְחָן badchan > Yid. בדחן batkhn / badkhn 'joker, entertainer'
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"At a wedding, the badchen would sing songs and recite poems specifically written for the bride and groom, as well as make toasts, dance and tell tales from the Midrash" (JPS). Read more here and here.
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