klezmer music

klezmer

[klez-mer]
noun, plural klezmorim [klez-muh-reem] .
1.
a Jewish folk musician traditionally performing in a small band.
2.
Also, klezmer music. the type of music performed by such musicians.

Origin:
< Yiddish

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klezmer (ˈklɛzmə)
 
n
1.  a Jewish folk musician, usually a member of a small band
2.  Also called: klezmer music the music performed by such a band
 
[Yiddish]

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