Alternative Spellings

shidach, shidekh


  • a date or match, often leading to marriage. "The matching up of a man and a woman for purposes of marriage; a match. In popular usage, any match or alliance, as in The shidduch between the two organization was a success." (Steinberg)

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb שידוך shidúkh, Yiddish shídekh

Who Uses This

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


North America


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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