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serenade

[ ser-uh-neyd ]
/ ˌsɛr əˈneɪd /
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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·e·nad·ed, ser·e·nad·ing.

to entertain with or perform a serenade.

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Nearby words

sere, serein, seremban, serena, serena, la, serenade, serenata, serendip, serendipitous, serendipity, 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 serenader

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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