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[ser-uh-neyd] /ˌsɛr əˈneɪd/
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.
Origin of serenade
1640-50; < French sérénade < Italian serenata; see serenata
Related forms
serenader, noun
unserenaded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for serenaded
  • 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.
  • Visitors can sit and listen or be serenaded as they explore the museum.
  • Be serenaded by loons, and listen for the chance to hear the howl of a wolf.
  • Birds serenaded us as the sun sank toward the water upriver.
  • Instruments were played, sultry voices filled the air as the crowd was serenaded to an evening's delight.
  • People were serenaded down to the docks, and then the great celebrations.
British Dictionary definitions for serenaded


a piece of music appropriate to the evening, characteristically played outside the house of a woman
a piece of music indicative or suggestive of this
an extended composition in several movements similar to the modern suite or divertimento
(transitive) to play a serenade for (someone)
(intransitive) to play a serenade
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Derived Forms
serenader, noun
Word Origin
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 and History for serenaded



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.

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