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serenade

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noun ser·e·nade \ˌser-ə-ˈnād\

Simple Definition of serenade

  • : a love song that is sung or played outdoors at night for a woman

Full Definition of serenade

  1. 1a :  a complimentary vocal or instrumental performance; especially :  one given outdoors at night for a woman being courtedb :  a work so performed

  2. 2 :  an instrumental composition in several movements, written for a small ensemble, and midway between the suite and the symphony in style


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serenade

verb ser·e·nade

Simple Definition of serenade

  • : to sing or play a serenade for (someone)

Full Definition of serenade

serenad·edserenad·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to play a serenade

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to perform a serenade in honor of

ser·e·nad·er noun

Examples of serenade

  1. He serenaded her from the garden below her window.



1668

First Known Use of serenade

1668


SERENADE Defined for Kids

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serenade

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noun ser·e·nade \ˌser-ə-ˈnād\

Definition of serenade

  1. :  music sung or played at night for a woman




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serenade

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verb ser·e·nade

Definition of serenade

ser·e·nad·edser·e·nad·ing

  1. :  to entertain (a woman) with music sung or played at night





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