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 Bagpiper Hal Wilkes performed his 60th sunset serenade in a row on his Castro rooftop on Friday. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Closed roads. Shared golf courses. Computers for kids. Bright spots of SF’s shelter-in-place should last forever," 16 May 2020 In Mexico, the mariachi serenades were delivered to mom by video - or a drive by. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: A cautious, global economic reawakening," 11 May 2020 The sunset serenade played on a Sanchez Street rooftop near 18th Street has quickly become a reassuring nightly touchstone in a city desperate for one. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Pied Piper serenades the Castro from roof to comfort virus-weary neighbors," 31 Mar. 2020 Stormi’s serenade may have been the best 22nd birthday gift for Kylie Jenner! Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Stormi Adorably Sings Happy Birthday to Mom Kylie Jenner During Yacht Celebrations in Italy," 10 Aug. 2019 Spanish guitar music is a pleasant serenade and the chopstick rests are little ceramic cranes. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cranes is a little Japanese, a lot Spanish and something to look at," 28 Feb. 2020 While Wendy certainly misses her time photographing and documenting the work of her friends, the special serenade helped lift her spirits — and those of her family as well. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Mardi Gras Indians give special performance to woman with cancer who has photographed them for years," 26 Feb. 2020 Here's hoping Musgraves takes notice of the sweet serenade. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Watch: Houston second and third graders perform Kacey Musgraves song for Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2020 This year, the rapper surprised his ladylove with a serenade from Kenny G — and the Internet just could not handle it. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Most Over-the-Top Gifts and Gestures," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gondoliers of Naples Island in Long Beach are still serenading, but without any passengers in their boats. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Welcome to Stage 2," 8 May 2020 Steve Buttleman, who has been the race bugler at Churchill Downs for 23 years, will also serenade viewers before the race. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "The Kentucky Derby isn't happening on Saturday, but a turtle race is," 2 May 2020 From writing songs dedicated to his work to praising even his American Sign Language interpreter, Virginia Moore, Beshear has been serenaded with love and kudos. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "'Indiana needs him': Southern Indiana residents rely on Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, too," 7 Apr. 2020 Brassy Big Red opens her living room to you, sharing holiday stories and humor, toasting the New Year and serenading the audience. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago today | Dec. 9," 9 Dec. 2019 On a subway, fans serenade him with his theme song. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Tom Hanks channels Fred Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’; Mrs. Rogers approves," 22 July 2019 Mariah Carey serenaded him from the stage as a surprise. André Leon Talley, Vogue, "André Leon Talley Remembers Karl Lagerfeld," 19 Feb. 2019 The restaurant's jazz ensemble also serenades you and a guest while completing this million-dollar experience. 2. Fox News, "The world's most expensive ice cream and frozen treats," 3 Aug. 2016 People are serenading each other across windowsills. New York Times, "Coronavirus Live Updates: $2 Trillion Aid Bill Becomes Law as U.S. Cases Reach 100,000," 28 Mar. 2020

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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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2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Serenade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serenade. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for serenade

serenade

noun
How to pronounce serenade (audio)

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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