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n. pl. klez·mo·rim (klĕz′mə-rēm′)
1. The traditional music of the Jews of eastern Europe, played by small traveling bands.
2. A musician in such a band.

[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.]
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1. (Music, other) a Jewish folk musician, usually a member of a small band
2. (Music, other) Also called: klezmer music the music performed by such a band
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(ˈklɛz mər)

n., pl. klez•mers, klez•mo•rim (ˌklɛz məˈrim)
1. a Jewish folk musician traditionally performing in a small band.
2. the music performed by klezmers.
[1960–65; < Yiddish]
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