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[klez-mer] /ˈklɛz mər/

noun, plural klezmorim
[klez-muh-reem] /ˌklɛz məˈrim/ (Show IPA)
a Jewish folk musician traditionally performing in a small band.
Also, klezmer music. the type of music performed by such musicians.
a Jewish folk musician, usually a member of a small band
Also called klezmer music. the music performed by such a band

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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