Alternative Spellings

shadchan, shadkhn


  • matchmaker

Example Sentences

  • 1. "It's not like we have a shadchen to help us find husbands anymore." (in explanation of how Jewish marriage works for liberal Jews) 2. "I should talk to the shadchen about my niece."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb שדכן shadkhán, Yiddish shátkhn

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


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).

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