Yiddish for matchmaker. A person who matches up couples for marriage. (Yenta from Fiddler on the Roof, for example). A shadchan makes a shiduch, a 'marital match' for a young couple, and for this e is paid a fee.

Arranged marriages are dying out, and thus so are shadchans.

Sometimes spelled shadchen.

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