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Serenade

(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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