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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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

Justin even publicly serenaded Hailey outside of Buckingham Palace. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Reportedly Told a Fan That They Are, In Fact, Married," 18 Oct. 2018 Since 1871, the group has serenaded audiences with folk songs, love songs, show tunes, sea chanteys, and semi-classical music. Kathy Shiels Tully, BostonGlobe.com, "A heartfelt version of ‘Calendar Girls’ in Stoneham," 25 May 2018 According to various media accounts, Paul Anka, Elton John, Joel and Bennett each serenaded the couple. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Melania, Donald Trump anniversary: Extravagant wedding was 13 years ago | The Kansas City Star," 22 Jan. 2018 Customarily, Sampha serenades over production influenced by UK garage and house, but this cut from his debut takes a more stripped approach. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "Get your act together: 10 must-see artists at Lollapalooza," 31 July 2017 The ship's captain officiated — and serenaded them with a traditional Greendlandic love song. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "This Couple Has Been Married 12 Times," 12 Aug. 2015 Singer John Legend serenaded the crowd, AP said, while Democratic politicians who have clashed with Trump spoke against separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Fox News, "Thousands rally nationwide for illegal immigrant families separated at border," 2 Oct. 2018 Justin Bieber, who's currently in London with Hailey Baldwin for the city's Fashion Week, decided to take time out of his Tuesday afternoon to stand outside the famed Buckingham Palace to serenade his fiancée in front of everyone. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Sang to Hailey Baldwin in Front of Buckingham Palace," 19 Sep. 2018 Haley slip Becca's iridescent slip really stole the show from the contestants attempting to serenade her. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Looking Back at Becca Kufrin's Best—and Sparkliest—Bachelorette Looks," 3 Aug. 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 \

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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