sere-nata

serenata

[ser-uh-nah-tuh]
noun, plural serenatas, serenate [ser-uh-nah-tey] . Music.
1.
a form of secular cantata, often of a dramatic or imaginative character.
2.
an instrumental composition in several movements, intermediate between the suite and the symphony.

Origin:
1715–25; < Italian serenata evening song, equivalent to seren(o) serene + -ata noun suffix, associated with sera evening; cf. soiree

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serenata (ˌsɛrɪˈnɑːtə)
 
n
1.  an 18th-century cantata, often dramatic in form
2.  another word for serenade
 
[C18: from Italian; see serenade]

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