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[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).
a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone.
Origin of aubade
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 Unabridged
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  • After all, that “aubade Provenale” was just the melodious story of the woods in spring.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
  • Sweet as any aubade of the olden time, under olive and ilex, is it not?

    A Speckled Bird Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • He remembered that Alain was supposed to sing an aubade, a dawn song, in the street below to warn and rouse him.

British Dictionary definitions for aubade


/French obad/
a song or poem appropriate to or greeting the dawn
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

"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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