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Serenade Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    serenade n
  1. a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form [syn: divertimento]
  2. a song characteristically played outside the house of a woman v : sing and play for somebody; "She was serenaded by her admirers"
Serenade Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Serenade \Ser`e*nade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Serenaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Serenading.] To entertain with a serenade.
Serenade Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Serenade \Ser`e*nade"\, v. i. To perform a serenade.
Serenade Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Serenade \Ser`*enade"\, n. [F. s['e]r['e]nade, It. serenata, probably fr. L. serenus serene (cf. Serene), misunderstood as a derivative fr. L. serus late. Cf. Soir['e]e.] (Mus.) (a) 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. (b) A piece of music suitable to be performed at such times.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Serenade'


In music, a serenade (or sometimes serenata) is a musical composition, and/or performance, in someone's honor. Serenades are typically calm, light music.

The word Serenade is derived from the Italian word sereno, which means calm.

In the oldest usage, which survives in informal form to the present day, a serenade is a musical greeting performed for a lover, friend, person of rank or other person to be honored. The classic serenade usage would be from a lover to his lady love through a window. It was considered an evening piece, one to be performed on a quiet and pleasant evening. The custom of serenading in this manner began in the Medieval era, and the word "serenade" as commonly used in current English is related to this custom. Music performed followed no one particular form, except that it was typically sung by one person accompanying himself on a portable instrument, most likely a guitar, lute or other plucked instrument. Works of this type also appeared in later eras, but usually in a context that referred specifically to a past time, such as an arias in an opera (there is a famous example in Mozart's Don Giovanni).

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