ser·​e·​na·​ta | \ ˌser-ə-ˈnä-tə How to pronounce serenata (audio) \

Definition of serenata

: an 18th century secular cantata of a dramatic character usually composed in honor of an individual or event

Examples of serenata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The virtual Mother's Day serenata is a compilation of traditional songs with the greeting message shared in English and Spanish. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "H-E-B celebrates mothers across the world with a special mariachi serenade," 7 May 2020 Scarlatti’s Baroque serenata is a short entertainment for two voices and small musical ensemble meant to be performed in the home or garden of an aristocratic family. Marina Harss, New York Times, "Christopher Williams’s Garden of Fantastical Delights," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of serenata

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serenata

Italian, serenade

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“Serenata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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