pl. -·mers or klez·mo′rim·
- Historical an itinerant musician who performed at Jewish weddings and holiday celebrations in E Europe
- a musician who performs klezmer music
- klezmer music
Origin of klezmerYiddish ; from Classical Hebrew (language) klezmer ; from kley zemer, musical instruments
designating or of a kind of E European Jewish folk music, typically performed by a small band consisting of a violin, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, etc. and accompanying Yiddish vocals
- A traditionally itinerant Jewish folk musician of eastern Europe performing in a small band, as at weddings.
- The Jewish folk music played by small, traditionally itinerant bands.
Origin of klezmerYiddish, from Mishnaic Hebrew k&schwa;lê zemer, musical instruments : k&schwa;lê, pl. bound form of k&schwa;lî, instrument; see kll in Semitic roots + zemer, music, song; see zmr in Semitic roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural klezmers or klezmorim)
- (countable) A Jewish folk musician.
- (uncountable) A type of popular Jewish folk music especially associated with Ashkenazi cultures.