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[ser-uh-nah-tuh] /ˌsɛr əˈnɑ tə/
noun, plural serenatas, serenate
[ser-uh-nah-tey] /ˌsɛr əˈnɑ teɪ/ (Show IPA).
a form of secular cantata, often of a dramatic or imaginative character.
an instrumental composition in several movements, intermediate between the suite and the symphony.
Origin of serenata
1715-25; < Italian serenata evening song, equivalent to seren(o) serene + -ata noun suffix, associated with sera evening; cf. soiree Unabridged
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  • It was not a revision of the serenata which he wrote at Naples, but an entirely new work.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • And then I've promised to compose you a serenata, with seventy-five verses.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • The doorway was empty; the evening serenata of a robin filled the hush.

    The Game and the Candle Eleanor M. Ingram
  • I saw him first in a gondola the night of the serenata—and then at the Armenian convent.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • An energetic clapping of hands, from other windows as well as those of Marjories room, greeted the close of the serenata.

  • Then Nora's sweet, high soprano voice began the "serenata" to the subdued tinkling accompaniment of Reddy's mandolin.

  • In form the serenata resembles those written for the complete orchestra.

  • He therefore begged him to write a serenata without delay, for the time was approaching when it was to be performed.

  • He also provided a secular entertainment in the shape of Parnaso in festa, described as a serenata.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • In 1743 was written the serenata Solomon, in which occurs the favourite song “Softly rise, O southern breeze.”

British Dictionary definitions for serenata


an 18th-century cantata, often dramatic in form
another word for serenade
Word Origin
C18: from Italian; see serenade
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