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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 26 Feb. 2020.

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