- 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.
serenade definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French 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
- serenader noun
serenade definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Music A complimentary performance given to honor or express love for someone.
- South Atlantic U.S. See shivaree. See Regional Note at shivaree.
- Music An instrumental composition written for a small ensemble and having characteristics of the suite and the sonata.
Origin: French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno, calm, clear, the open air, from Latin serēnus; see Serene .
- serˌe·nadˈer noun