noun, plural klez·mo·rim [klez-muh-reem] /ˌklɛz məˈrim/.

a Jewish folk musician traditionally performing in a small band.
Also klezmer music. the type of music performed by such musicians.

Origin of klezmer

From Yiddish
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British Dictionary definitions for klezmer



a Jewish folk musician, usually a member of a small band
Also called: klezmer music the music performed by such a band

Word Origin for klezmer

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Word Origin and History for klezmer

late 19c. (plural klezmorim); originally, "an itinerant East European Jewish professional musician," from Hebrew kley zemer, literally "vessels of song," thus "musical instruments."

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