• WordNet 3.6
    • v serenade sing and play for somebody "She was serenaded by her admirers"
    • n serenade a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form
    • n serenade a song characteristically played outside the house of a woman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Serenade (Mus) Music sung or performed in the open air at nights; -- usually applied to musical entertainments given in the open air at night, especially by gentlemen, in a spirit of gallantry, under the windows of ladies.
    • v. t Serenade To entertain with a serenade.
    • v. i Serenade To perform a serenade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n serenade In music, an evening song; especially, such a song sung by a lover at the window of his lady.
    • n serenade An instrumental piece resembling such a song; a nocturne.
    • n serenade Same as serenata.
    • serenade To entertain with a serenade or nocturnal music.
    • serenade To perform serenades or nocturnal music.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Serenade ser-e-nād′ evening music in the open air, esp. given by a lover to his mistress under her window at night: a piece of music suitable for such an occasion
    • v.t Serenade to entertain with a serenade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sérénade, It. serenata, probably fr. L. serenus, serene (cf. Serene), misunderstood as a derivative fr. L. serus, late. Cf. Soirée


In literature:

On one occasion a group of singers came to their cabin, and treated them with a serenade of plaintive music.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Brief as is Chaminade's "Serenade," Op.
"The Pianolist" by Gustav Kobbé
In vain the Count serenades her; she does not appear, and he must needs invent some other means of obtaining his object.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
I'm sure none of us who went over serenading that night will ever forget it.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
"The Queen's Scarlet" by George Manville Fenn
The seniors had arrived and were serenading the Major and his family.
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed
This bright phantasy was to be embodied in the shape of a serenade.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
He promised to publish "Vineta" and also the work Daniel had finished in the meantime, entitled "Nuremberg Serenade.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
What was it I heard about a band serenading your father, and his inviting them in to lunch?
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
He felt that a serenade had been given to him, one that few human kings ever enjoyed.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

Then the meadows grew golden, the lawns grew white,
And the poet—lark sang himself out of sight;
And English maidens and English lanes
Were serenaded by endless strains.
"The Passing Of Spring" by Alfred Austin
The joy of our Earth-mother thrills through the groves;
A long cooing sound of woodland doves!
Feathered folk serenade the fair nest-lying loves,
Call young flowers in the wildwood.
"Early April" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
II. Not always thus didst thou abandon'd languish;
The matin hymn, the midnight serenade,
The lover's wish, the rival's jealous anguish,
Claim'd from thy tones, and found no trivial aid.
"The Spanish Guitar" by Sydney Owenson
What if the Three should catch at last
Thy serenader? While there's cast
Paul's cloak about my head, and fast
Gian pinions me, himself has past
His stylet thro' my back; I reel;
And… is it thou I feel?
"In A Gondola" by Robert Browning
But scarce was each to his slumber laid,
When the country folks came to serenade;
With twang of fiddle, and toot of horn,
And shriek of fife, they stayed till morn!
Poor Campers! never a wink got they!
So they started for home at break of day.
"Camping Out" by Clara Doty Bates
Her mind with sweets was laden, like a morning breath in June,
And her thoughts awoke in harmony, like dreamings of a tune,
And you heard her words like voices that o'er the waters creep,
Or like a serenader's lute that mingles with your sleep.
"A Portrait - I" by Nathaniel Parker Willis

In news:

Let the sound of the blender 's blades serenade your summer nights.
DUI Suspect Serenades Cops with " Bohemian Rhapsody".
INTERVIEWS Watch Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars Serenade Lingerie Models.
At the reception, Diana got a surprise serenade from her sons and a grandson - (from left).
In his new 'Troublemaker' video, Olly Murs serenades a beautiful raven haired girl, singing that she's, well, a troublemaker.
' as 'Jersey Boys' serenades Cincinnati with a two-week run at the Procter and Gamble Hall of the Aronoff Center for the Arts from November 28 to December 9, 2012.
And Val will be serenading her with the violin.
Lil Wayne serenades the crowd at San Francisco's AT&T Park, Sunday October 21.
INTERVIEWS 'New Girl' Star Hannah Simone on Relaxing With Zooey Deschanel's iPod and Serenading Derek Jeter.
Posts tagged " Serenade ".
An accomplished gardener, Chef Laird has been growing his own vegetables and herbs, which often make it onto Serenade 's menu, for the past 7 years.
The Tomato Dinner kicks off the "Tomato Tasting Menu," which will be available at Serenade from August 4th until the end of September, the end of the tomato season.
The tradition of the Moonlight Serenade began in 1942 aboard the O.W.
Serenade to an Icon.
11th annual Starlight Jazz Serenade .