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serenade

noun ser·e·nade \ ˌser-ə-ˈnād \
Updated on: 10 Apr 2018

Definition of serenade

1 a : 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

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Origin and Etymology of serenade

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


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serenade

verb

Definition of serenade

serenaded; serenading
: to play a serenade
: to perform a serenade in honor of

serenader

noun

Examples of serenade in a Sentence

  1. He serenaded her from the garden below her window.

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First Known Use of serenade

1668


SERENADE Defined for English Language Learners

serenade

Definition of serenade for English Language Learners

  • : a love song that is sung or played outdoors at night for a woman


serenade

Definition of serenade for English Language Learners

  • : to sing or play a serenade for (someone)


SERENADE Defined for Kids

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serenade

noun ser·e·nade \ ˌser-ə-ˈnād \

Definition of serenade for Students

: music sung or played at night for a woman

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serenade

verb

Definition of serenade for Students

serenaded; serenading
: to entertain (a woman) with music sung or played at night


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