serenade

[ ser-uh-neyd ]
/ ˌsɛr əˈneɪd /

noun

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.

verb (used with or without object), ser·e·nad·ed, ser·e·nad·ing.

to entertain with or perform a serenade.

Nearby words

  1. sere,
  2. serein,
  3. seremban,
  4. serena,
  5. serena, la,
  6. serenata,
  7. serendip,
  8. serendipitous,
  9. serendipity,
  10. serendipity berry

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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British Dictionary definitions for serenade

serenade

/ (ˌsɛrɪˈneɪd) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to play a serenade for (someone)
(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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