Definition of serenata in English:

serenata

noun

Music
  • 1A cantata with a pastoral subject.

    • ‘It opens with a sinfonia to one of Alessandro's many secular cantatas or ‘serenatas.’’
    • ‘There will be performed a serenata called Chariottenburg Festegiante set to music by HM the King of Prussia.’
    • ‘Other dramatic, but generally unstaged genres were the cantata and serenata, and the sacred equivalent of opera, oratorio, given in Lent when theatres were closed.’
    • ‘This is an example of a serenata, or ‘serenade’- in this context, a hybrid between a cantata and an opera.’
    1. 1.1 A simple form of suite for orchestra or wind band.

Origin

Italian, serenade (see serenade).

Pronunciation:

serenata

/ˌserəˈnädə/