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Sunday, April 23, 2000

Definitions for aubade

  1. Music. a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone.

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Citations for aubade
He was usually still awake when the birds began to warble their aubade. Christopher Buckley, "What was Robert Benchley?" National Review, 1997
He often came to listen to her evening vespers, the requiem that Liringlas sang for the sun as it sank below the edge of the world, welcoming it again in the morning with the dawn aubade, the love song to the morning sky. Elizabeth Haydon, Requiem for the Sun, 2003
Origin of aubade
1670-1680
Aubade comes from the French term aube, meaning “dawn” and the noun suffix -ade: aube ultimately derives from Latin albus, white, pale, as in alba lux, the pale light of dawn.