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sideman

[sahyd-man, -muh n] /ˈsaɪdˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural sidemen
[sahyd-men, -muh n] /ˈsaɪdˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
1.
an instrumentalist in a band or orchestra.
2.
an instrumentalist supporting a soloist or a principal performer.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; side1 + man1
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British Dictionary definitions for side-men's

sideman

/ˈsaɪdmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a member of a dance band or a jazz group other than the leader
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Word Origin and History for side-men's

sideman

n.

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

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