aubade

[ oh-bad, oh-bahd; French oh-bad ]
/ oʊˈbæd, oʊˈbɑd; French oʊˈbad /

noun, plural au·bades [oh-badz, oh-bahdz; French oh-bad] /oʊˈbædz, oʊˈbɑdz; French oʊˈbad/. Music.

a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone.

Words nearby aubade

Origin of aubade

1670–80; < French, Middle French, equivalent to aube (< Provençal alba song about the parting of two lovers at dawn < Vulgar Latin, noun use of feminine of Latin albus white, clear) + -ade -ade1
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Examples from the Web for aubade

  • After all, that “Aubade Provenale” was just the melodious story of the woods in spring.

    The Branding Iron|Katharine Newlin Burt
  • He remembered that Alain was supposed to sing an aubade, a dawn song, in the street below to warn and rouse him.

  • Sweet as any aubade of the olden time, under olive and ilex, is it not?

    A Speckled Bird|Augusta J. Evans Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for aubade

aubade
/ (French obad) /

noun

a song or poem appropriate to or greeting the dawn
a romantic or idyllic prelude or overture
Compare serenade

Word Origin for aubade

C19: from French, from Old Provençal aubada (unattested), from auba dawn, ultimately from Latin albus white
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