If you really want to win someone's heart, take your ukulele to his house at night and serenade him under his open window. When you serenade someone, you play or sing a song, often outdoors.

In Italian, serenata means "an evening song," and the noun serenade is a tune played or sung, either for one specific person or for a larger audience, outside. It's still a serenade if you sing in the daytime, but the classic example of a serenade is a man singing below a woman's window at night. The word serenade can be both a noun — the song itself — and a verb — the act of singing or playing the song.

Definitions of serenade

n a song characteristically played outside the house of a woman

belling, callathump, callithump, charivari, chivaree, shivaree
a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
Type of:
song, vocal
a short musical composition with words

n a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form

Type of:
composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
a musical work that has been created

v sing and play for somebody

“She was serenaded by her admirers”
Type of:
do, execute, perform
carry out or perform an action

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