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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

Examples of serenade in a Sentence

Verb He serenaded her from the garden below her window.
Recent Examples on the Web
Beginning her set with the title track to her classic 1998 album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the songstress belted out her vocals with passion as her backing vocalists joined in the serenade. Preezy Brown,, 1 July 2024 Watch the video above to see a woman's emotional reaction to a police officer's serenade Looking for a way to calm her down, Officer Raro noticed an acoustic piano in the home. Seth Carnell, USA TODAY, 20 June 2024
The mood quickly lightened, though, when the cast rolled out a miniature house on wheels covered with more maps of Liverpool for the wedding of Shanty and fiancée Mary Dee (Jacqueline Echols McCarley), as the elegant soprano was serenaded by an angelic children’s choir during the pair’s nuptials. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 19 July 2024 The Royal Family account then shared another photo on its Instagram Stories of Camila smiling, as well as posting a cute clip of her being serenaded by students from Sark School. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for serenade 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

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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