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 My mother trailed behind me with serenata, a cold codfish salad, and a crock of steaming hot arroz con gandules. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 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, 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, 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 24 May. 2022.

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