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serenade    : [s,ɛrən'ed]
Serenade \Ser`e*nade"\, 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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Serenade \Ser`e*nade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Serenaded}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Serenading}.]
To entertain with a serenade.
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Serenade \Ser`e*nade"\, v. i.
To perform a serenade.
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n 1: a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed
form [synonym: {divertimento}, {serenade}]
2: a song characteristically played outside the house of a woman
v 1: sing and play for somebody; "She was serenaded by her

109 Moby Thesaurus words for "serenade":
Brautlied, Christmas carol, Kunstlied, Liebeslied, Volkslied,
address, addresses, alba, amorous pursuit, anthem, art song,
aubade, ballad, ballade, ballata, barcarole, beau, blues,
blues song, boat song, bridal hymn, brindisi, calypso, canso,
canticle, canzone, canzonet, canzonetta, carol, cavatina, chanson,
chant, chantey, chase, chirp, chirrup, choir, chorus, court,
courting, croon, croon song, descant, dirge, ditty, do-re-mi,
drinking song, epithalamium, esquire, folk song, follow, gallantry,
hum, hymeneal, hymn, intonate, intone, lay, lay siege to, lied,
lilt, love song, love-lilt, make suit to, matin, minstrel,
minstrel song, minstrelsy, national anthem, pay attention to,
pay court to, pipe, prothalamium, psalm, pursue, quaver, roulade,
serena, serenata, shake, sing, sing in chorus, sol-fa, solmizate,
song, spark, squire, sue, suing, suit, swain, sweetheart,
theme song, torch song, tremolo, trill, troll, tweedle, tweedledee,
twit, twitter, vocalize, war song, warble, wedding song, whistle,
woo, wooing, yodel

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