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.
to entertain with or perform a serenade.
- ser·e·nad·er, noun
- un·ser·e·nad·ed, adjective
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How to use serenade in a sentence
Combining individual male’s serenades pulled from the trove of poolside recordings, the researchers made a variety of trios.An ‘acoustic camera’ shows joining the right boy band boosts a frog’s sex appeal | Susan Milius | May 31, 2022 | Science News
When Elias investigated, he found a remarkably elaborate serenade of vibrations accompany the guys’ moves.See the world through a jumping spider’s eyes — and other senses | Betsy Mason | February 17, 2022 | Science News For Students
We took a second look at some of the portable speakers we’ve recommended for outdoor use and inspected our own homes to find out what works and what doesn’t when it comes to a shower serenade.The best shower speakers to upgrade your daily routine | Carsen Joenk | January 24, 2022 | Popular-Science
When Elias investigated further, he found that male jumping spiders accompany their moves with a remarkably elaborate serenade of vibrations, sent through the ground to the females, beyond human perception.Jumping spiders’ remarkable senses capture a world beyond our perception | Betsy Mason | October 25, 2021 | Science News
Crystal brought out a surprise chorus of stars that included Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey to serenade Leno “Goodbye.”
For her birthday, her father hired a band that would show up at her doorstep to serenade her.
PLUS see a video interview with the group, including an office a capella serenade to one of our employees.Backstreet's Back! The Backstreet Boys on 20 Years, New Album, BSB Cruise, and More | Marlow Stern | June 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Which is how Upton's landed herself a birthday serenade from none other than Boehner himself.John Boehner Sings to Kate Upton; Gisele Models Her Own Lingerie | The Fashion Beast Team | June 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet serenade for Strings in C Major sounded nothing like the Nutcracker or Swan Lake.
Sudden swallows swiftly skimming,Sunset's slowly spreading shade, Silvery songsters sweetly singing,Summer's soothing serenade.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
The walk ended at our stopping place just as the German guns north of us beyond the river resumed their afternoon serenade.The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb
It won't necessarily be the Glee and Banjo Club, you understand, but it will be a real, old-fashioned serenade.Smith College Stories | Josephine Dodge Daskam
In telling his afternoon's experience Champney, also, had his reserves: of the coming serenade he said never a word to the priest.Flamsted quarries | Mary E. Waller
Is it not better to be worthy of the respect and reverence of thinkers, than to receive the serenade of sounding brass?A New Atmosphere | Gail Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for serenade
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
- Compare aubade
- serenader, noun
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