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serenade

[ser-uh-neyd] /ˌsɛr əˈneɪd/
noun
1.
a complimentary performance of vocal or instrumental music in the open air at night, as by a lover under the window of his lady.
2.
a piece of music suitable for such performance.
3.
serenata (def 2).
verb (used with or without object), serenaded, serenading.
4.
to entertain with or perform a serenade.
Origin of serenade
1640-1650
1640-50; < French sérénade < Italian serenata; see serenata
Related forms
serenader, noun
unserenaded, adjective
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  • And while I dreamed I was serenaded by a band of mosquitoes.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales Robert L. Taylor
  • There were rockets, and portfire, and a huge bonfire, while the President was serenaded.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • And yet—he had serenaded her on the Nile that first evening of her coming.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • In the evening he was serenaded, and his speech was two lines and a half in length.

    Our Standard-Bearer Oliver Optic
  • He may be said to have serenaded heaven with a guitar,  and even, so to speak, tried to climb there with a rope ladder.

British Dictionary definitions for serenaded

serenade

/ˌsɛrɪˈneɪd/
noun
1.
a piece of music appropriate to the evening, characteristically played outside the house of a woman
2.
a piece of music indicative or suggestive of this
3.
an extended composition in several movements similar to the modern suite or divertimento
verb
4.
(transitive) to play a serenade for (someone)
5.
(intransitive) to play a serenade
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Derived Forms
serenader, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno peaceful, from Latin serēnus calm; also influenced in meaning by Italian sera evening, from Latin sērus late
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Word Origin and History for serenaded

serenade

n.

1640s, "musical performance at night in open air" (especially one given by a lover under the window of his lady), from French sérénade (16c.), from Italian serenata "an evening song," literally "calm sky," from sereno "the open air," noun use of sereno "clear, calm," from Latin serenus "peaceful, calm, serene." Sense influenced by Italian sera "evening," from Latin sera, fem. of serus "late." Meaning "piece of music suitable for a serenade" is attested from 1728.

v.

1660s, from serenade (n.). Related: Serenaded; serenading.

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