klez·​mer | \ ˈklez-mər How to pronounce klezmer (audio) \
plural klezmorim\ (ˌ)klez-​ˈmȯr-​əm How to pronounce klezmer (audio) \

Definition of klezmer

1 : a Jewish instrumentalist especially of traditional eastern European music
2 : the music played by klezmorim

Examples of klezmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This Sunday show will be these klezmer vets’ first live performance since . BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2021 The festival will also include performances by Pete Rushefsky, who will play the tsimbl, a hammer dulcimer, in a klezmer context. John Adamian, courant.com, 29 Sep. 2019 The songs range from jazz to klezmer to piano ballads and more. Robyn Bahr, Billboard, 18 Sep. 2019 CRASHfest CRASHfest, an annual global music festival, will return for another edition this weekend with 10 artists spanning various genres from Afrobeat to klezmer. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Feb. 2020 The Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival will highlight some of those varied traditions, with performers showcasing mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer and klezmer dulcimer. John Adamian, courant.com, 29 Sep. 2019 As a klezmer band fought to be heard over the crowd’s excited chatter, my friend the designer Susan Korn showed her spring Susan Alexandra collection amid hundreds of pink and white balloons and sparkly fuchsia streamers. Naomi Fry, Vogue, 12 Nov. 2019 The grand opening date, with the full menu on offer and a klezmer band outside, will likely be announced later in the month. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, 6 Nov. 2019 Ozzie and Harriet gave way to Kojak and Columbo, heritage travel and klezmer bands. Jason Deparle, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of klezmer

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for klezmer

Yiddish, from Hebrew kĕlēy zemer musical instruments

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“Klezmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klezmer. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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