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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Serenata \Ser`e*na"ta\, Serenate \Ser"e*nate\, n. [It. serenata. See Serenade.] (Mus.) A piece of vocal music, especially one on an amoreus subject; a serenade. [1913 Webster] Or serenate, which the starved lover sings To his pround fair. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Note: The name serenata was given by Italian composers in the time of Handel, and by Handel himself, to a cantata of a pastoreal of dramatic character, to a secular ode, etc.; also by Mozart and others to an orchectral composition, in several movements, midway between the suite of an earlier period and the modern symphony. --Grove. [1913 Webster]