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Definitions for serenade
ˌsɛr əˈneɪdser·e·nade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. divertimento, serenadenoun

    a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form

  2. serenadeverb

    a song characteristically played outside the house of a woman

  3. serenadeverb

    sing and play for somebody

    "She was serenaded by her admirers"


  1. serenadenoun

    a love song, especially one performed below the window of a loved one in the evening

  2. serenadenoun

    an instrumental composition in several movements

  3. serenadeverb

    to sing or play a serenade (for someone)

  4. Etymology: sérénade, from serenata, from the past participle of serenare, from sereno, from serenus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Serenadenoun

    Musick or songs with which ladies are entertained by their lovers in the night.

    Etymology: serenade, Fr. serenata, Italian, whence, in John Milton, serenate, from serenus, Latin, the lovers commonly attending their mistresses in fair nights.

    Mixt dance, or wanton mask, or midnight ball,
    Or serenate, which the starv’d lover sings
    To his proud fair; best quitted with disdain. John Milton.

    Foolish swallow, what do’st thou
    So often at my window do,
    With thy tuneless serenade? Abraham Cowley.

    Shall I the neighbours nightly rest invade,
    At her deaf doors, with some vile serenade? Dryden.

    Will fancies he never should have been the man he is, had not he broke windows, and disturbed honest people with his midnight serenades, when he was a young fellow. Addison.

  2. To Serenadeverb

    To entertain with nocturnal musick.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He continued to serenade her every morning, ’till the queen was charmed with his harmony. Spectator.


  1. Serenade

    In music, a serenade (; also sometimes called a serenata, from the Italian) is a musical composition or performance delivered in honor of someone or something. Serenades are typically calm, light pieces of music. The term comes from the Italian word serenata, which itself derives from the Latin serenus. Sense influenced by Italian sera "evening," from Latin sera, fem. of serus "late."


  1. serenade

    A serenade is a musical performance or song that is typically performed outdoors, especially at night, as a gesture of affection or to express admiration for someone. It often involves a soloist or a small group of musicians singing or playing instruments to entertain and woo the listener.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Serenadenoun

    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

  2. Serenadenoun

    a piece of music suitable to be performed at such times

  3. Serenadeverb

    to entertain with a serenade

  4. Serenadeverb

    to perform a serenade

  5. Etymology: [F. srnade, It. serenata, probably fr. L. serenus serene (cf. Serene), misunderstood as a derivative fr. L. serus late. Cf. Soire.]


  1. Serenade

    In music, a serenade is a musical composition, and/or performance, in someone's honor. Serenades are typically calm, light music. The word Serenade is derived from the Italian word sereno, which means calm.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Serenade

    ser-e-nād′, n. evening music in the open air, esp. given by a lover to his mistress under her window at night: a piece of music suitable for such an occasion.—v.t. to entertain with a serenade.—ns. Serenā′der, one who serenades; Serenä′ta, an instrumental work for performance in the open air; Ser′enāte (Milt.), a serenade. [Fr.,—It. serenata, sereno, serene—L. serenus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of serenade in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of serenade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of serenade in a Sentence

  1. Kathryn Sermak:

    Miss D told me she was born during a thunderstorm. And when she passed it was pouring, she was at peace. She'd just had the world serenade her.

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. victimised
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