Definition of aubade in English:


Line breaks: au¦bade
Pronunciation: /əʊˈbɑːd


  • A poem or piece of music appropriate to the dawn or early morning.
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    • A music historian could comment on the instruments used for serenades and aubades.
    • But Ellis shows strength with the sonnet ‘Kitchen Witches’ and the aubade ‘Space.’
    • It should be clear from these quotes that Davis is an effortless formalist, and he excels at the epigram, aubade, and sonnet.


late 17th century: from French, from Spanish albada, from alba 'dawn'.

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