(3 syl.). Music performed in the serene - i.e. in the
open air at eventide (Latin, serenum whence the French sérénade and Italian serenata).
Or serenate which the starved lover sings
To his proud fair.
Milton: Paradise Lost, iii. 769.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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