- The definition of a serenade is a musical composition or song, often a romantic song sung by one lover to another.
A musical composition sung by a man to his girlfriend is an example of a serenade.
- To serenade is to sing a song or play music to someone.
When you sing a love song to your girlfriend, this is an example of a situation where you serenade her.
A man serenades his girlfriend.
- a singing or playing of music outdoors at night, esp. by a lover under the window of his sweetheart
- a piece of music suitable for this
- an instrumental composition somewhat like a suite
Origin of serenadeFrench sérénade ; from Italian serenata ; from sereno, serene, open air ; from Classical Latin serenus, clear, serene; meaning influenced, influence by associated, association with Classical Latin sera, evening ; from serus, late
- A musical performance given to honor or express love for someone, often by one person.
- South Atlantic US See shivaree.
- An instrumental composition written for a small ensemble and having characteristics of the suite and the sonata.
verbser·e·nad·ed, ser·e·nad·ing, ser·e·nades
Origin of serenadeFrench sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno, calm, clear, the open air, from Latin serēnus; see Serene .
(third-person singular simple present serenades, present participle serenading, simple past and past participle serenaded)
- to sing or play a serenade (for someone)