sideman

[ sahyd-man, -muh n ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌmæn, -mən /
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noun, plural side·men [sahyd-men, -muh n] /ˈsaɪdˌmɛn, -mən/.

an instrumentalist in a band or orchestra.
an instrumentalist supporting a soloist or a principal performer.

Nearby words

  1. sidelines,
  2. sideling,
  3. sideload,
  4. sidelock,
  5. sidelong,
  6. sidenote,
  7. sidepiece,
  8. sidereal,
  9. sidereal day,
  10. sidereal hour

Origin of sideman

First recorded in 1560–70; side1 + man1

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British Dictionary definitions for sideman

sideman

/ (ˈsaɪdmən) /

noun plural -men

a member of a dance band or a jazz group other than the leader
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Word Origin and History for sideman

sideman

n.

"supporting musician," 1936, from side (adj.) + man (n.). Earlier it meant "assistant to a church warden" (1560s).

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