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serenade

[ ser-uh-neyd ]
/ 藢s蓻r 蓹藞ne瑟d /
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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路e路nad路ed, ser路e路nad路ing.
to entertain with or perform a serenade.
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Origin of serenade

1640鈥50; <French s茅r茅nade<Italian serenata;see serenata

OTHER WORDS FROM serenade

ser路e路nad路er, nounun路ser路e路nad路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for serenade

serenade
/ (藢s蓻r瑟藞ne瑟d) /

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
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Derived forms of serenade

serenader, noun

Word Origin for serenade

C17: from French s茅r茅nade, from Italian serenata, from sereno peaceful, from Latin ser膿nus calm; also influenced in meaning by Italian sera evening, from Latin s膿rus late
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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