Definition of klezmer in English:

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klezmer

Pronunciation: /ˈklezmər/

noun (plural klezmorim /klezˈmôrim/ /ˌklezməˌrēm/)

(also klezmer music)
1Traditional eastern European Jewish music.
Example sentences
  • Used for weddings, parties, dances, just about any celebration, klezmer is Jewish roots music, an essential part of the culture.
  • A classical clarinet virtuoso with Ashkenazi roots, he didn't actually start playing or listening to klezmer until the late 70's.
  • His music combines songs and tunes from a wide range of musical traditions including folk, blues, reggae, Cajun, and klezmer.
1.1A musician who plays traditional eastern European Jewish music.
Example sentences
  • Klezmer, the traditional tooth and heel-clicking Jewish folk tunes that the travelling klezmorim used to play, has been yanked out of the ghetto and thrown on to the dancefloor.
  • After graduation from Harvard, where she majored in Russian history and literature, she headed to Seattle, where she tried her hand sitting in with a local klezmer band called the Mazeltones.
  • The reception kicks off with a klezmer band, and Sophie and Max are hauled up on chairs for the Jewish wedding version of musical chairs.

Origin

1920s: Yiddish, contraction of Hebrew kĕlē zemer 'musical instruments'.

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Syllabification: klez·mer

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