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

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 The 1998 jam transforms into a modern, soulful serenade with Meiko's touch. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Meiko Premieres Sultry, Stripped-Down Cover of Jennifer Paige's 'Crush': Exclusive," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Three gunmen opened fire with pistols and rifles at Plaza Garibaldi, known to be a place where bands serenade tourists, city officials said. Fox News, "Gunmen disguised as mariachi musicians kill 5 in Mexico City," 16 Sep. 2018 Ryu, who was serenaded on the 18th hole by fans and presented cake in a cup, could have downed a tub of ice cream on her 28th birthday and still not cooled off. Beth Ann Nichols, USA TODAY, "Women's PGA Championship is a scorcher all around," 29 June 2018 At this decentralized music festival organized by the Somerville Arts Council, bands and artists of all ages and genres serenade the spring day on porches, in front yards, and on corners. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Too many choices at PorchFest? Let’s walk you through it.," 9 May 2018 Gwen Stefani is serenading the birthday boy: her beau Blake Shelton! Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Blake Shelton Digs into His Cake as Gwen Stefani Serenades Him — and Buys Him a Flagpole! — for His 42nd Birthday," 18 June 2018 Paul Rippey serenaded the Portland City Council with a Bob Dylan or Pete Seeger-esque ditty about a $450 million freeway construction project. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "Freeway-inspired folk song about 'induced demand' serenades Portland City Council," 11 May 2018

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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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