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serenade

1serenade

noun ser·e·nade \ˌser-ə-ˈnād\

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

Full Definition of SERENADE

1
a :  a complimentary vocal or instrumental performance; especially :  one given outdoors at night for a woman being courted
b :  a work so performed
2
:  an instrumental composition in several movements, written for a small ensemble, and midway between the suite and the symphony in style

Origin of SERENADE

French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno clear, calm (of weather), from Latin serenus serene
First Known Use: 1649

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2serenade

verb

: to sing or play a serenade for (someone)

serenad·edserenad·ing

Full Definition of SERENADE

intransitive verb
:  to play a serenade
transitive verb
:  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.

First Known Use of SERENADE

1668

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

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