Yet serenade for Strings in C Major sounded nothing like the Nutcracker or Swan Lake.
Crystal brought out a surprise chorus of stars that included Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey to serenade Leno “Goodbye.”
For her birthday, her father hired a band that would show up at her doorstep to serenade her.
I asked the Brass Band how much they'd take to take me entirely by surprise with a serenade.
On one occasion a group of singers came to their cabin, and treated them with a serenade of plaintive music.
Lavinia shrank back within the room—it was, incredibly, a serenade on the stolid Lungarno.
If any one came, he fled like a lover surprised in his serenade.
Our Confederate friends would still favor us with a serenade of shot and shell in spite of our peaceful demeanor.
Every evening they met, as they phrased it, to serenade the Marquess.
The Smith band came up and gave a serenade this forenoon; have had a pleasant time at Mr. West's.
1640s, "musical performance at night in open air" (especially one given by a lover under the window of his lady), from French sérénade (16c.), from Italian serenata "an evening song," literally "calm sky," from sereno "the open air," noun use of sereno "clear, calm," from Latin serenus "peaceful, calm, serene." Sense influenced by Italian sera "evening," from Latin sera, fem. of serus "late." Meaning "piece of music suitable for a serenade" is attested from 1728.
1660s, from serenade (n.). Related: Serenaded; serenading.