nounpl. -·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
- The traditional music of the Jews of eastern Europe, played by small traveling bands.
- A musician in such a band.
Origin of klezmerYiddish from Mishnaic Hebrew kəlê zemer musical instruments kəlê pl. bound form of kəlî instrument kll zemer music, song zmr
(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.