serenade

noun
ser·​e·​nade | \ ˌser-ə-ˈnād How to pronounce serenade (audio) \

Definition of serenade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

serenade

verb
serenaded; serenading

Definition of serenade (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to play a serenade

transitive verb

: to perform a serenade in honor of

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Other Words from serenade

Verb

serenader noun

Examples of serenade in a Sentence

Verb

He serenaded her from the garden below her window.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Canyon wrens provided a lilting serenade, and butterflies wobbled out from the banks to greet us. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Now you can kayak Arizona's famous Horseshoe Bend. Here's how.," 5 Sep. 2019 Offerings change daily: massage, eye gazing, hugs, serenades, body painting, poetry and more. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Burning Man things to do on Day 5, Aug. 29," 5 Aug. 2019 The more tunes the mockingbird can work into his serenade, the better. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Rodeo woman’s family thinks she’s courting trouble feeding feral cats," 5 Aug. 2019 The filigreed serenades of the wind section were in the foreground throughout—the growl of the contrabassoon was delightfully prominent—and the tympani rolled with a primal thunder. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Revelatory Performance by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra," 31 July 2019 The opening serenade and perky finale had the easygoing pace of a French flâneur. Washington Post, "With a trumpet fox trot and the roar of a siren, Inscape delivers Hindemith," 17 June 2019 The year-round creek offers a sweet, seductive serenade to this peaceful location that includes natural vegetation and a mixture of evergreen, riparian and chaparral terrains. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Magnificent Saratoga property in an idyllic setting perfect for nature lovers," 5 Aug. 2019 Peter Drury If anyone, any goal, is deserving of a serenade from Peter Drury as effusive as that, then James Rodriguez, and his Puskas award-winning World Cup volley against Uruguay, is the one. SI.com, "James Rodriguez: OTD the Colombian Superstar Scored THAT World Cup Volley," 28 June 2019 Blue Ivy, the target of her serenade, adorably sings the final verse, and the connection is clear: Her daughter is an heir to greatness as much as Simba is. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé Remixed the Meaning of The Lion King," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Boise State fans serenade the team as the closing seconds wind down on the team's 36-31 win over Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU blows 18-point lead, loses opener to Boise State," 31 Aug. 2019 With a pair of dueling pianos serenading, Bensen and Wise decided to opt-out of a first dance with each other and shared their first dance with their mothers. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "Fox News Commentator Guy Benson Marries Boyfriend Adam Wise in Romantic Napa Ceremony," 7 Sep. 2019 The 41st annual event features a Greek village with serenading musicians, folk dancing in traditional costumes, bazaar and entertainers such as The Olympians band. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Greek fest coming to Cardiff," 30 Aug. 2019 The community gathers on a May day to grill hot dogs and hobnob with neighbors as the Bar D Wranglers serenade the crowd with classic cowboy music. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Durango residents divided as beloved coal-fired train faces lawsuits over its role in the 416 fire," 7 July 2019 Piña began playing regional music with his brothers Eduardo, Rubén and Enrique, serenading neighborhood girls. Los Angeles Times, "Celso Piña, renowned Mexican musician of the cumbia genre, dies at 66," 22 Aug. 2019 Already craving the entire performance to serenade your ears pronto? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Hear Dolly Parton and Kristin Chenoweth's Amazing "I Will Always Love You" Duet," 15 Aug. 2019 The University of Southern California's Trojan Marching Band ferries over from Los Angeles to serenade parade viewers throughout the day and night. chicagotribune.com, "6 peculiar and patriotic Fourth of July celebrations across the country," 1 July 2019 In some joint interviews, Allwine, who was also an Emmy Award-winning sound and sound-effects editor, would serenade Taylor in character. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "She was the voice of Minnie Mouse. He was the voice of Mickey Mouse. That’s how their romance began.," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of serenade

Noun

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1668, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for serenade

Noun

French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno clear, calm (of weather), from Latin serenus serene

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The first known use of serenade was in 1649

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serenade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of serenade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

serenade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of serenade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sing or play a serenade for (someone)

serenade

noun
ser·​e·​nade | \ ˌser-ə-ˈnād How to pronounce serenade (audio) \

Kids Definition of serenade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: music sung or played at night for a woman

serenade

verb
serenaded; serenading

Kids Definition of serenade (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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