a complimentary performance of vocal or instrumental music in the open air at night, as by a lover under the window of his lady.
a piece of music suitable for such performance.
serenata ( def 2 ).
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), serenaded, serenading.
to entertain with or perform a serenade.

1640–50; < French sérénade < Italian serenata; see serenata

serenader, noun
unserenaded, adjective Unabridged
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serenade (ˌsɛrɪˈneɪd)
1.  a piece of music appropriate to the evening, characteristically played outside the house of a woman
2.  a piece of music indicative or suggestive of this
3.  an extended composition in several movements similar to the modern suite or divertimento
4.  (tr) to play a serenade for (someone)
5.  (intr) to play a serenade
[C17: from French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno peaceful, from Latin serēnus calm; also influenced in meaning by Italian sera evening, from Latin sērus late]

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Word Origin & History

1649, "musical performance at night in open air" (esp. one given by a lover under the window of his lady), from Fr. sérénade, from It. serenata "an evening song," lit. "calm sky," from sereno "the open air," noun use of sereno "clear, calm," from L. serenus "peaceful, calm, serene." Sense
infl. by It. sera "evening," from L. sera, fem. of serus "late." Meaning "piece of music suitable for a serenade" is attested from 1728. The verb is from 1668.
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Example sentences
Sensors reading changes in her biometric signals automatically arrange to have
  her serenaded with the appropriate music.
Up in the penthouse a bagpiper serenaded the last visitors as they took the
  elevators down after midnight.
Couples typically sit on the lawn and enjoy a romantic picnic while being
  serenaded by the best artists and musicians.
Guests have the option of taking a hayride around the farm where they will be
  serenaded by a guitar playing singer.
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