- 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.
- serenata(def 2).
- to entertain with or perform a serenade.
Origin of serenade
Examples from the Web for serenaded
He is also supposed to have serenaded his captives with his own rendition of Charles Aznavour love songs.French Jihadi Mehdi Nemmouche Is the Shape of Terror to Come
September 9, 2014
Jessica Pare serenaded Don Draper on Mad Men but the fascination with her rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou” is still a bit baffling.CFDA Honors Behind-the-Scenes Fashion Stars and Understated Style
June 5, 2012
After a half-hour show, he moved onto Fallujah, where he serenaded several hundred more soldiers in a burned theater.Stars Who Entertain the Troops
October 6, 2011
He serenaded both Clinton and Obama, and it seemed like the boos could finally stop.Dylan's 70 Years of Trouble
May 23, 2011
Keith Miller was headed for an enviable position in the NFL--until the velvet-voiced gridiron star was serenaded by the opera.The Football Player Turned Opera Singer
February 19, 2011
And while I dreamed I was serenaded by a band of mosquitoes.Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales
Robert L. Taylor
We serenaded them with college songs and offered refreshments.Daddy Long-Legs
They had a band and serenaded him in the White House until he came forth.
There were rockets, and portfire, and a huge bonfire, while the President was serenaded.
In the evening he was serenaded, and his speech was two lines and a half in length.Our Standard-Bearer
- 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
Word Origin and History for serenaded
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.