"My father world have thought I was a fool to go off serenading," he answered, flushing.
Do you suppose that he was serenading Pina, the serving-woman, or Ortensia her mistress?'
Late in the evening the officers of the regiment, with the string band, started on a serenading expedition.
But they were used to this serenading music, and did not regard it.
That fellow is serenading us now, declared Neale, much amused.
Eddy, isn't that the serenading fellow who goes on singing till they hang him?
"serenading," as she used the word, meant a promenade about the town.
Then Beckmesser approaches for the purpose of serenading Eva.
Show me the way to this breakfast that you've been serenading about.
I only understood that serenading was the custom of the country.
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.