noun, plural ser·e·na·tas, ser·e·na·te [ser-uh-nah-tey] /ˌsɛr əˈnɑ teɪ/. Music.

a form of secular cantata, often of a dramatic or imaginative character.
an instrumental composition in several movements, intermediate between the suite and the symphony.

Origin of serenata

1715–25; < Italian serenata evening song, equivalent to seren(o) serene + -ata noun suffix, associated with sera evening; cf. soiree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for serenata

Historical Examples of serenata

  • It was not a revision of the serenata which he wrote at Naples, but an entirely new work.


    Edward J. Dent

  • And then I've promised to compose you a serenata, with seventy-five verses.


    Prosper Merimee

  • The doorway was empty; the evening serenata of a robin filled the hush.

    The Game and the Candle

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • I saw him first in a gondola the night of the serenata—and then at the Armenian convent.

  • An energetic clapping of hands, from other windows as well as those of Marjories room, greeted the close of the Serenata.

British Dictionary definitions for serenata



an 18th-century cantata, often dramatic in form
another word for serenade

Word Origin for serenata

C18: from Italian; see serenade
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