Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music A complimentary performance given to honor or express love for someone.
  • n. South Atlantic U.S. See shivaree. See Regional Note at shivaree.
  • n. Music An instrumental composition written for a small ensemble and having characteristics of the suite and the sonata.
  • transitive v. To perform a serenade for.
  • intransitive v. To perform a serenade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a love song, especially one performed below the window of a loved one in the evening
  • n. an instrumental composition in several movements
  • v. to sing or play a serenade (for someone)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Music sung or performed in the open air at nights; -- usually applied to musical entertainments given in the open air at night, especially by gentlemen, in a spirit of gallantry, under the windows of ladies.
  • n. A piece of music suitable to be performed at such times.
  • intransitive v. To perform a serenade.
  • transitive v. To entertain with a serenade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To entertain with a serenade or nocturnal music.
  • To perform serenades or nocturnal music.
  • n. In music, an evening song; especially, such a song sung by a lover at the window of his lady.
  • n. An instrumental piece resembling such a song; a nocturne.
  • n. Same as serenata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a song characteristically played outside the house of a woman
  • v. sing and play for somebody
  • n. a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form

Etymologies

French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno, calm, clear, the open air, from Latin serēnus; see serene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from the past participle of serenare, from Latin serēnō, from serenus ("calm"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But it wasn't enough to sidetrack Woods, who closed out the match at No. 17, where he made birdie after a comical serenade from a curious crow perched in

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  • It is the opposite of "serenade" - a song of the evening.

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  • But no one, so mysterious are the manners of the pallid Cricket, knows exactly what is the source of the serenade, which is often, though quite erroneously, attributed to the common field-cricket, which at this period is silent and as yet quite young.

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  • He is like a lover or an outlaw who wraps up his message in a serenade, which is nonsense to the sentinel, but salvation to the ear for which it is meant.

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  • The serenade is a genre that is born out of love, Viglietti said at a news conference earlier this week.

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  • A serenade which is listened to by Adele Rosalind Eisenstein's maid, but is intended for her mistress, begins the first act.

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  • He made some little speeches to parties which came to "serenade" him; some were not very formal speeches, for, as he said, he was now too old to "care much about the mode of doing things."

    Abraham Lincoln

  • He called it a "serenade," a low music that, outside one of the windows of the sleeping house, disturbed his rest at night.

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  • There are certain people coming masked to give you a sorry kind of serenade; they intend to carry off Celia.

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  • TEGUCIGALPA: Honduran soldiers bombard embassy sheltering deposed president Manuel Zelaya with 'serenade' including church bells and animal noises Honduran soldiers have blasted recordings of pig grunts at the embassy in which the country's deposed president, Manuel Zelaya, has been holed up for a month.

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