serenade

[ser-uh-neyd]
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noun
  1. a complimentary performance of vocal or instrumental music in the open air at night, as by a lover under the window of his lady.
  2. a piece of music suitable for such performance.
  3. serenata(def 2).
verb (used with or without object), ser·e·nad·ed, ser·e·nad·ing.
  1. to entertain with or perform a serenade.

Origin of serenade

1640–50; < French sérénade < Italian serenata; see serenata
Related formsser·e·nad·er, nounun·ser·e·nad·ed, adjective
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Related Words for serenade

song, divertimento, nocturne

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Contemporary Examples of serenade

  • Crystal brought out a surprise chorus of stars that included Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey to serenade Leno “Goodbye.”

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    February 7, 2014

  • For her birthday, her father hired a band that would show up at her doorstep to serenade her.

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    October 12, 2013

  • Yet Serenade for Strings in C Major sounded nothing like the Nutcracker or Swan Lake.

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Historical Examples of serenade


British Dictionary definitions for serenade

serenade

noun
  1. a piece of music appropriate to the evening, characteristically played outside the house of a woman
  2. a piece of music indicative or suggestive of this
  3. an extended composition in several movements similar to the modern suite or divertimento
verb
  1. (tr) to play a serenade for (someone)
  2. (intr) to play a serenade
Compare aubade
Derived Formsserenader, noun

Word Origin for serenade

C17: from French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno peaceful, from Latin serēnus calm; also influenced in meaning by Italian sera evening, from Latin sērus late
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Word Origin and History for serenade
n.

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.

v.

1660s, from serenade (n.). Related: Serenaded; serenading.

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