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.
to entertain with or perform a serenade.
- ser·e·nad·er, noun
- un·ser·e·nad·ed, adjective
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How to use serenade in a sentence
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 | Christopher Dickey | September 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pair was also reportedly serenaded by the jazz trio, Americano Social Club.Anne Hathaway's Wedding to Adam Schulman: Valentino Wedding Dress, Big Sur Celebration | Isabel Wilkinson | September 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Robin Givhan | June 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
After a half-hour show, he moved onto Fallujah, where he serenaded several hundred more soldiers in a burned theater.
He serenaded both Clinton and Obama, and it seemed like the boos could finally stop.
Every thing, however, was delightfully clean; and as I lay in my bed, I was serenaded by a nightingale.
Where was it that she was serenaded and called to the balcony twenty times by a crowd that seemed to have gone mad?The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
That night the band, conducted by Seor Anselmo, with his great shining key, serenaded the staff.The Fourth Estate, vol.1 | Armando Palacio Valds
He became treasurer of the local improvement society, and thereby was serenaded once a year by a brass band.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12 | Elbert Hubbard
The bullfrogs and insects serenaded the forest; the furnace chimney smoked lurid on the midnight.The Entailed Hat | George Alfred Townsend
British Dictionary definitions for serenade
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
- Compare aubade
- serenader, noun
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