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aubade

[oh-bad, oh-bahd; French oh-bad] /oʊˈbæd, oʊˈbɑd; French oʊˈbad/
noun, plural aubades
[oh-badz, oh-bahdz; French oh-bad] /oʊˈbædz, oʊˈbɑdz; French oʊˈbad/ (Show IPA).
Music.
1.
a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone.
Origin of aubade
1670-1680
1670-80; < French, Middle French, equivalent to aube (< Provençal alba song about the parting of two lovers at dawn < Vulgar Latin, noun use of feminine of Latin albus white, clear) + -ade -ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for aubade

aubade

/French obad/
noun
1.
a song or poem appropriate to or greeting the dawn
2.
a romantic or idyllic prelude or overture
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Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old Provençal aubada (unattested), from auba dawn, ultimately from Latin albus white
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Word Origin and History for aubade
n.

"musical announcement of dawn," from French aubade (15c.), from Provençal aubada, from auba "dawn," from Latin alba, fem. of albus "white" (see alb).

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