- a complimentary performance of vocal or instrumental music in the open air at night, as by a lover under the window of his lady.
- a piece of music suitable for such performance.
- serenata(def 2).
- to entertain with or perform a serenade.
Origin of serenade
Examples from the Web for serenader
If you were an Ethiopian serenader, you would be a loss to me.The Heir of Redclyffe
Charlotte M. Yonge
Then night came: the maja stood at her reja10, looking out for her serenader.Patraas
R. H. Busk
It was a picture of Sherry, the serenader of the camp the summer before.The Camp Fire Girls at Onoway House
Hildegard G. Frey
She took the persistent one, Wilbur Minafer, no breaker of bass viols or of hearts, no serenader at all.The Magnificent Ambersons
It was now acting and re-acting on the lining of the serenader's olfactory organ in a manner to threaten final decapitation.Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
- a piece of music appropriate to the evening, characteristically played outside the house of a woman
- a piece of music indicative or suggestive of this
- an extended composition in several movements similar to the modern suite or divertimento
- (tr) to play a serenade for (someone)
- (intr) to play a serenade
Word Origin and History for serenader
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.
1660s, from serenade (n.). Related: Serenaded; serenading.