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 Dawn’s serenade is the rumbling of engines in the marina. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: On Tillamook Bay, a surprising glut of coho salmon," 9 Oct. 2020 Victor Gomez, who teaches physical sciences for English language learners and chemistry at East Leyden, kicked off the month with a surprise serenade for students over Google Meets and Facebook Live on Sept. 15. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "‘Give them a little bit of that joy and that heritage:’ Leyden high schools celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month," 25 Sep. 2020 The trio began a serenade in C major by Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi, the frenetic, almost percussive bowing blending with the exhaust note of a passing sports car. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, "Unable to open its concert hall, New York Philharmonic brings its music to the streets," 29 Aug. 2020 Zac first teased the track last month on John Krasinski's Some Good News YouTube show, surprising a bride and her father with a sweet serenade during her virtual wedding. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Zac Brown Band's "The Man Who Loves You The Most" Has the Most Touching Father-Daughter Message," 21 June 2020 Even the birthday serenade can be dicey, as anyone who’s tried singing in unison over videoconference knows. Alix Wall, SFChronicle.com, "How to throw the perfect pandemic celebration on Zoom," 1 June 2020 Bagpiper Hal Wilkes performed his 60th sunset serenade in a row on his Castro rooftop on Friday. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Closed roads. Shared golf courses. Computers for kids. Bright spots of SF’s shelter-in-place should last forever," 16 May 2020 In Mexico, the mariachi serenades were delivered to mom by video - or a drive by. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: A cautious, global economic reawakening," 11 May 2020 The sunset serenade played on a Sanchez Street rooftop near 18th Street has quickly become a reassuring nightly touchstone in a city desperate for one. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Pied Piper serenades the Castro from roof to comfort virus-weary neighbors," 31 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And by night the males serenade their female counterparts. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "We can protect whales from ship strikes by translating their songs," 2 Oct. 2020 The restaurant secured a permit to serve alcohol outside, and booked musicians every weekend to serenade its patrons. oregonlive, "Wildfires one more hurdle for Portland restaurants, as smoke closes outdoor seating," 17 Sep. 2020 But because of the coronavirus pandemic, instead of celebrating a win with family, friends and fans, the Lions walked off the field with no postgame handshake and only blasting music to serenade them. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Chaminade star Thad Franklin pounds Champagnat in opener with four TDs," 11 Sep. 2020 All this while the mariachi band played the traditional Mexican music to serenade the almost 120 guests that passed through. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Houston girl proves you can have a gorgeous quinceañera in a parking lot," 19 Aug. 2020 Before each performance of the show, pianist Claudio Sereni of Dickinson will serenade diners. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "‘Barefoot’ to showcase remodeled Franca’s stage," 30 June 2020 Mariachis serenaded a group of farmworkers in Ventura County, a gracias for their grueling effort to bring food to our tables. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: You reopen, I stay closed, let's call the whole thing off," 21 Apr. 2020 Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton melted hearts both walking the red carpet and serenading each other on stage. Emily J. Sullivan, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Most Stylish Couples at the Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 The gondoliers of Naples Island in Long Beach are still serenading, but without any passengers in their boats. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Welcome to Stage 2," 8 May 2020

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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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Time Traveler for serenade

Time Traveler

The first known use of serenade was in 1649

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Serenade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serenade. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for serenade

serenade

noun
How to pronounce serenade (audio)

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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