verb (used with or without object), ser·e·nad·ed, ser·e·nad·ing.
- serena, la,
- serendipity berry
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.”
For her birthday, her father hired a band that would show up at her doorstep to serenade her.
Yet Serenade for Strings in C Major sounded nothing like the Nutcracker or Swan Lake.
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
Four of our five summer representatives of the genus Turdus took turns, as it were, in the serenade.The Foot-path Way|Bradford Torrey
They followed us all the way to camp, and, surrounding our quarters, kept up their serenade till broad daylight.Overland Tales|Josephine Clifford
The serenade set all tongues wagging, and conjectures were rife on all sides.Ursula|Honore de Balzac
It is as deefeecult to make go as my guitar with your serenade.Selected Stories|Bret Harte
Word Origin 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.