Definition of serenade in English:


Line breaks: ser¦en|ade
Pronunciation: /sɛrəˈneɪd


1A piece of music sung or played in the open air, typically by a man at night under the window of his beloved.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.


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Entertain (someone) with a serenade: a strolling guitarist serenades the diners
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  • 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.


mid 17th century: from French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno 'serene'.



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  • 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.

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