- a Jewish folk musician traditionally performing in a small band.
- Also klezmer music. the type of music performed by such musicians.
Origin of klezmer
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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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