serenade

noun
ser·e·nade | \ˌser-ə-ˈnād \

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

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 Scavenger hunts, serenades and signs have been known to go viral on social media, but one recent piece of prom signage touted by two mid-Michigan high schoolers has sparked backlash. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan teens copycat racist 'picking cotton' promposal," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Guests dined on a meal made with eggs, vegetables, fruits and herbs harvested from the nearby Centennial Farm and were serenaded by the chirps of birds roosting in the barn’s rafters and the persistent bleating of a nearby goat. Luke Money, latimes.com, "The chance to ‘Free Your Inner Farmer’ is just around the corner at the O.C. Fair," 21 June 2018 Walking into the evening serenaded by a string quartet, guests including Sandra Bernhard and Famke Janssen mingled with athletic icons including Olympic fencer Sharon Monplaisir and New York Liberty guard Sugar Rodgers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "The Up2Us Sports Gala Brought Out Athletic Icons," 15 June 2018 Time would appear to be running out: the popular lefthander will celebrate his 48th birthday on Saturday and will be serenaded by the gallery on each and every hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Phil Mickelson hasn't contended in a U.S. Open since Merion in 2013. This year, he hopes to change that.," 11 June 2018 But Harry and Meghan may be getting serenaded by some other British singers. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Sir Elton John Will Reportedly Perform at the Royal Wedding," 17 May 2018 Swing dance, take a cooking class, go shopping, mix and mingle and be serenaded by live music. cleveland.com, "50 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2018 in Cleveland," 30 Jan. 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are tying the knot this Saturday (May 19), and Elton John will be serenading the couple onstage. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Elton John to Perform at the Royal Wedding: Report," 16 May 2018 At Mariano’s, the ambiance is quite cute: Some locations have a pianist serenading those taking a pause at the bar. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "6 fun and unexpected places to drink alcohol in Chicago," 25 Apr. 2018 At the end of the Slinky Dog Dash track, riders are serenaded by Wheezy, a squeaky penguin toy, who invites guest to sing along. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "Who are the real brains behind Disney's Toy Story Land? Not Buzz Lightyear," 29 June 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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The first known use of serenade was in 1649

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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 \

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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