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1. A musical performance given to honor or express love for someone, often by one person.
2. South Atlantic US See shivaree.
3. An instrumental composition written for a small ensemble and having characteristics of the suite and the sonata.
v. ser·e·nad·ed, ser·e·nad·ing, ser·e·nades
To perform a serenade for.
To perform a serenade.
[French sérénade, from Italian serenata, from sereno, calm, clear, the open air, from Latin serēnus; see serene.]
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