What does the word serenade mean?

Usage examples for serenade

  1. It was the custom to serenade the royal family on New Year's morning. – The Peasant and the Prince by Harriet Martineau
  2. This very night Lucila's husband sets out at midnight for Madrid, and from that hour I will in every way avoid the street in which they live; until then, however, as soon as it is sufficiently dark to be suitable for a serenade, I will have love- romances unceasingly sang before his house. – The Two Captains by Friedrich de La Motte-Fouque