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ser·​e·​nade ˌser-ə-ˈnād How to pronounce serenade (audio)
: a complimentary vocal or instrumental performance
especially : one given outdoors at night for a woman being courted
: a work so performed
: an instrumental composition in several movements, written for a small ensemble, and midway between the suite and the symphony in style


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serenaded; serenading

intransitive verb

: to play a serenade

transitive verb

: to perform a serenade in honor of
serenader noun

Example Sentences

Verb He serenaded her from the garden below her window.
Recent Examples on the Web
Joyce DiDonato, the American opera singer, offered a serenade. Matt Stevens, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2022 Alec Baldwin is helping his wife Hilaria ring in her 39th birthday with a sweet serenade. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 6 Jan. 2023 Las Mañanitas, the traditional serenade of Our Lady of Guadalupe (in English and Spanish). Laura Rodríguez Presa, Chicago Tribune, 9 Dec. 2022 After a hectic holiday season, the new year is the perfect time to enjoy a little peace with Norah's soothing serenade. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, 22 Dec. 2022 During a Rolling Stone interview, Gomez was quick to shut down an inquiry about Bieber's 2015 musical serenade. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2022 Al Roker was brought to tears on Monday, as some very special Christmas carolers stopped by his New York City abode for a surprise serenade. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2022 Legend has it that John F. Kennedy was gifted that model by Marilyn Monroe the night of her infamous birthday serenade. New York Times, 7 Nov. 2022 On his 100th birthday this past July, Tucker received letters of congratulations from five of the six living U.S. presidents and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, plus a personal serenade from country music legend Dolly Parton. Gretchen Cuda Kroen, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2022
Monroe famously wore the dress in to serenade John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 12 Mar. 2023 Before dessert was served, a band outfitted in striped La Ligne sweaters took the stage to serenade guests with a few French tunes. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2023 As per tradition for the Lifetime Achievement honorees, fans can anticipate seeing some of today’s biggest stars serenade Manuelle with his own hits at Premio Lo Nuestro. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 25 Jan. 2023 On Inspiration4, the Earth-orbiting SpaceX mission, one astronaut brought his ukulele to serenade his teammates in the capsule. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2023 As the procession passed, each group that noticed her stopped to serenade her and take photos. Jack Nicas, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2022 While live musicians serenade you with some of the Eastern world’s greatest melodies, a private Four Seasons chef and culinary team will prepare a decadent menu of global delights and authentic Egyptian drinks custom-designed to your preferences. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 The 40-ton males waiting in the waters know exactly what's on the ladies' mind and serenade them , repeating a 10- to 20-minute song for hours. Eliza Strickland, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2010 Gospel choirs serenade them with yuletide favorites, enhancing the few hours of holiday joy. Dallas News, 25 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1668, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of serenade was in 1649

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Cite this Entry

“Serenade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ser·​e·​nade ˌser-ə-ˈnād How to pronounce serenade (audio)
: music as sung or played outdoors at night for a woman


2 of 2 verb
serenaded; serenading
: to entertain with or perform a serenade
serenader noun
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