aubade

noun
au·bade | \ō-ˈbäd \

Definition of aubade 

1 : a song or poem greeting the dawn

2a : a morning love song

b : a song or poem of lovers parting at dawn

3 : morning music — compare nocturne

Did You Know?

Aubade is a French word that first romanced speakers of the English language during the 1670s. In French it means "dawn serenade," and that is the meaning that English-speakers originally fell in love with. As the relationship of "aubade" with the English language grew, its meanings became a little more intimate. It blossomed into a word for a song or poem of lovers parting at dawn. Later it came to refer to songs sung in the morning hours. The affair between "aubade" and the dawn began with the Old Occitan word auba, meaning "dawn." "Auba" itself is believed to come from Latin albus, meaning "white."

First Known Use of aubade

circa 1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aubade

French, from Middle French, from Old Occitan aubada, from alba, auba dawn, from Vulgar Latin *alba, from Latin, feminine of albus white — more at alb

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