One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: a musician employed to perform privately, especially at court; (subsequently chiefly) a musician who plays chamber music.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Charles Burney (1726–1814), musician and author. From chamber + musician, probably after either German † Kammermusikus or Kammermusikant.
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