Meaning of aubade in English:


Pronunciation /əʊˈbɑːd/

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  • A poem or piece of music appropriate to the dawn or early morning.

    ‘A music historian could comment on the instruments used for serenades and aubades.’
    • ‘But Ellis shows strength with the sonnet ‘Kitchen Witches’ and the aubade ‘Space.’’
    • ‘It should be clear from these quotes that Davis is an effortless formalist, and he excels at the epigram, aubade, and sonnet.’
    • ‘In this love poem, this free-verse aubade, one lover addresses another as they rise to part in the morning.’


Late 17th century from French, from Spanish albada, from alba ‘dawn’.