[ ser-uh-nah-tuh ]
/ ˌsɛr əˈnɑ tə /

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.


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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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for serenata

/ (ˌsɛrɪˈnɑːtə) /


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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