Definition of serenade in English:
1A piece of music sung or played in the open air, typically by a man at night under the window of his beloved.
- He is on his way to your place, right now: expect strumming and moonlit serenades outside bedroom windows.
- It makes me melancholy sometimes to think of such things, and my friends try to cheer me up with impromptu concerts and serenades at my window.
- Maybe sing me a serenade and beg for my forgiveness again.
1.1 another term for serenata.
- The Serenade for Strings contains also a delectable waltz.
- In the 18th century a serenade was a piece of instrumental music of up to ten movements, scored for a small ensemble, usually with a predominance of wind instruments.
- We have already had excellent accounts of Beethoven and Mozart symphonies and serenades and now it is the turn of some exquisite Haydn and Schubert symphonies.
verb[with object] Back to top
Entertain (someone) with a serenade: a strolling guitarist serenades the diners
More example sentences
- No longer would courtly ladies be gently serenaded by love-struck balladeers - The Taming Of The Shrew threw out any notion of wooing and replaced it with a more martial one.
- Traveling minstrels serenaded their clients with bawdy or heroic tales set to music.
- I couldn't have felt more ecstatic if the heavens had opened up and serenaded me with a chorus of angelic voices.
- Example sentences
- The men of the choir are the serenaders and the police officers; more time should have been devoted to blending their sound.
- You can walk along manicured lawns with free roaming peacocks, experience the luxury of a gourmet meal complete with table-side serenaders, or find a private little jazz salon with an intimate dance floor seemingly made for two.
- A birthday cake plus suitable serenaders were supplied in honour of the birthday of Peter, who was overwhelmed by the whole affair.
Definition of serenade in:
- US English dictionary