noun, plural klez·mo·rim [klez-muh-reem] /ˌklɛz məˈrim/.
- 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.”