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1. A song or instrumental composition concerning, accompanying, or evoking daybreak.
2. A poem or song of or about lovers separating at dawn.
[French, from Old French albade, from Old Provençal albada, from alba, dawn, aubade, from Latin, feminine of albus, white; see albho- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Poetry) a song or poem appropriate to or greeting the dawn
2. (Music, other) a song or poem appropriate to or greeting the dawn
3. (Classical Music) a romantic or idyllic prelude or overture
[C19: from French, from Old Provençal aubada (unattested), from auba dawn, ultimately from Latin albus white]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
music suitable to greeting the dawn or the morning.
[1670–80; < French, Middle French]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
A poem that greets or evokes the dawn.
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