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

  1. a Jewish folk musician traditionally performing in a small band.
  2. Also klezmer music. the type of music performed by such musicians.


  1. a Jewish folk musician, usually a member of a small band
  2. 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.”

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