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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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 But Inyang Bassey stole the show with a surprise serenade for the groovy crowd. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2021 Don't worry, this is not an out-of-season Valentine's serenade! Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 11 Nov. 2021 But the crowd certainly didn’t seem to notice any rustiness, greeting the star with kudos and congratulations for the impromptu serenade. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 9 Nov. 2021 For many years, his habit was to get up very early and, assisted by strong coffee and the serenade of birds, spend some time writing before the workday began. courant.com, 4 Nov. 2021 According to reports and video from the gig, after every song that Kelly performed, a serenade of boos and middle fingers rose up from the crowd. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2021 The mother-daughter duo, who were also joined by Today co-host Hoda Kotb, got to meet the stars of the show at the stage door and even received a special serenade from Wicked alum Kristin Chenoweth. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 15 Sep. 2021 In August, the Oscar-winning actress celebrated her 55th birthday with a serenade from Hunt, 51. Alexia Fernández, PEOPLE.com, 15 Sep. 2021 For the performance, soft guitar strums introduced her serenade of unfiltered vulnerability and spite that felt so familiar. Malik Peay, Essence, 21 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the Indiana State Fairgrounds, towering snowmen will serenade you amidst more than a million lights, a life-sized Nativity and Candyland scenes. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Nov. 2021 He’s known to serenade his customers, who frequently buy rounds of drinks for the jolly chefs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2021 The company emulates the old-world charm found in Venetian neighborhoods, complete with gondoliers who serenade with Italian ballads. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 One of Colorado's first COVID patients, Jacob Larson, returned to serenade the doctors who saved him. Lilia Luciano, CBS News, 30 Aug. 2021 Guests will also be able to sit on their own private beach where celebrity singers may or may not show up to serenade you. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 12 Aug. 2021 Guests will also be able to sit on their own private beach where celebrity singers may or may not show up to serenade you. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 12 Aug. 2021 As thousands of evacuees fleeing South Lake Tahoe and the Caldor Fire streamed onto Highway 50 Monday, a violin player got out of his car to serenade fellow motorists frozen in standstill traffic. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021 Guests will also be able to sit on their own private beach where celebrity singers may or may not show up to serenade you. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 12 Aug. 2021

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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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26 Nov 2021

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“Serenade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serenade. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for serenade

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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