- 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 serenade
Crystal brought out a surprise chorus of stars that included Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey to serenade Leno “Goodbye.”Jay Leno Cries It Out
February 7, 2014
For her birthday, her father hired a band that would show up at her doorstep to serenade her.Anne Frank’s Amsterdam
October 12, 2013
Yet Serenade for Strings in C Major sounded nothing like the Nutcracker or Swan Lake.How to Write a Winning Ivy League Essay
October 25, 2009
The sonata was finished, and then she sang—sang the "Angel's Serenade."The Gentleman From Indiana
However, some demon prompted us to give them a midnight serenade.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
Among others the midnight serenade at Mrs. Truscott's had been repeated.Marion's Faith.
On one occasion a group of singers came to their cabin, and treated them with a serenade of plaintive music.
Serenade for old Epps Candage's girl—handed to her over his head.Blow The Man Down
- 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 serenade
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.