One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A poem or piece of music appropriate to the dawn or early morning.
- ‘But Ellis shows strength with the sonnet ‘Kitchen Witches’ and the aubade ‘Space.’’
- ‘In this love poem, this free-verse aubade, one lover addresses another as they rise to part in the morning.’
- ‘It should be clear from these quotes that Davis is an effortless formalist, and he excels at the epigram, aubade, and sonnet.’
- ‘A music historian could comment on the instruments used for serenades and aubades.’
Late 17th century: from French, from Spanish albada, from alba ‘dawn’.
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