from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A traditionally itinerant Jewish folk musician of eastern Europe performing in a small band, as at weddings.
- n. The Jewish folk music played by small, traditionally itinerant bands.
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- n. A Jewish folk musician.
- n. A type of popular Jewish folk music especially associated with Ashkenazi cultures.
Yiddish, from Mishnaic Hebrew kəlê zemer, musical instruments : kəlê, pl. bound form of kəlî, instrument; see kll in Semitic roots + zemer, music, song; see zmr in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish כּלי־זמיר (klezmer), from Hebrew כְּלֵי זֶֽמֶר (k’lê zémer, "musical instruments"). (Wiktionary)