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

Charlotte Groeneveld and Karolina Kurkova’s loveliness prompted serenades from the band, much to the amusement of the rest of us; Brett Heyman even joined in on the singing for her own solo moment. Hayley Bloomingdale, Vogue, "Inside the Yacht-Filled St. Barth’s Holiday That Was All Over Instagram This Weekend," 28 Mar. 2019 Being so exposed is an eerie feeling at first, to be sure, but the serenade of chirping frogs and grunting hippos becomes familiar in due course. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 Tracking the success of these bat remixes will help confirm that, by listening for more vocally advanced songs, females can literally size up males through their serenades. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Like Birds, Some Bats Warble to Woo Their Mates," 13 June 2018 The Fire Within, Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay The Ritz-Carlton’s open-air Ocean Terrace features firepits and sunset serenades from a local bagpiper. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018 At Last': School receptionist celebrates summer break with viral intercom serenadeOn Friday, the Israeli Embassy in Guatemala was arranging to fly the husband's body to Israel for burial, the Israeli Foreign Ministry told the Times of Israel. Samantha Schmidt, ajc, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018 At least, not compared to the vocal cord vibrations of mammals or serenades of songbirds. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 His suave serenade stole many people's hearts, and also inspired other officers to join the fun with their own videos. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Law enforcement officers in Texas launch lip-sync battle that goes viral," 25 June 2018 Following Andy Cohen’s 50th birthday serenade from John Mayer, rumors have been flying around about the two dating. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Andy Cohen Denies John Mayer Dating Rumors: 'We Have a Very Sweet Friendship'," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Inspiration Band from Paris set the tone for a night of partying, walking around the tables, serenading guests, and getting down on the dancefloor. Shawn Connell For Christian Oth Studio, Harper's BAZAAR, "Two Haute Couture Looks Were the Centerpiece of This Stunning Wedding in Capri," 17 May 2019 The singer serenaded the Queen at the podium and blew a kiss to her casket before leaving the stand. Fox News, "Aretha Franklin funeral's bishop mistakes Ariana Grande's name for 'new something at Taco Bell'," 2 Oct. 2018 Justin Bieber, who's currently in London with Hailey Baldwin for the city's Fashion Week, decided to take time out of his Tuesday afternoon to serenade her in front of Buckingham Palace. Devon Elizabeth, Glamour, "Justin Bieber Literally Serenaded Hailey Baldwin in Front of Buckingham Palace," 19 Sep. 2018 Reality television is a flat circle, hence why our culture now has a game show in which celebrities in animal costumes serenade Jenny McCarthy. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The Bachelor, Temptation Island, Love Island, and Ex on the Beach: Which Reality Dating Competition Is Right For You?," 7 Jan. 2019 Suddenly, the room quieted down when Billie Eilish graced the stage to serenade and hypnotize the entire room with her chilling voice. Kendall Lindsay, Vogue, "Billie Eilish Performs at the Launch Party for Garage Magazine's Latest Issue," 6 Feb. 2019 Particularly emotional was the singing of the Delta Prayer, which filled the rotunda as Franklin’s sisters serenaded her in unison. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "Delta Sigma Theta pays tribute to soror, the Queen of Soul," 28 Aug. 2018 Baja Blast mocktails, cheese fries chilled on dry ice, and, yes, those tiny, tiny gourmet chip platters all made appearances on your dinner table as a pianist upstairs serenaded you with jaunty renditions of the Folgers and Oscar Mayer jingles. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "Purge supplies, Clone Wars tears, and shrimp cocktail carousels: the best things we saw at San Diego Comic-Con 2018," 23 July 2018 Besides, Riverdale's pure camp has KJ beyond trained for one of the best parts of the flick: when Patrick serenades Kat on a damn FOOTBALL FIELD. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Should Star in a 10 Things I Hate About You Remake?," 23 Jan. 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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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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