a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone.
After all, that “aubade Provenale” was just the melodious story of the woods in spring.
The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
Sweet as any aubade of the olden time, under olive and ilex, is it not?
A Speckled Bird Augusta J. Evans Wilson
He remembered that Alain was supposed to sing an aubade, a dawn song, in the street below to warn and rouse him.
The Saracen: Land of the Infidel Robert Shea
a song or poem appropriate to or greeting the dawn
a romantic or idyllic prelude or overture
“musical announcement of dawn,” from French aubade (15c.), from Provençal aubada, from auba “dawn,” from Latin alba, fem. of albus “white” (see alb).
n. 1727, from French aubaine (12c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from Medieval Latin Albanus, but the sense is obscure. Klein suggests Frankish *alibanus, literally “belonging to another ban.” A right of French kings, whereby they claimed the property of every non-naturalized stranger who died in their realm. Abolished 1819. Historical Examples Madame aubain resigned herself […]
Théodore [tey-aw-dawr] /teɪ ɔˈdɔr/ (Show IPA), 1829–86, French poet. Historical Examples By the school of the so-called Félibres, of whom Mistral and Aubanel are the chief. A Short History of French Literature George Saintsbury Through Roumanille he came to know Aubanel, Croustillat, and others. Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer Some others of the Félibres, even […]
a river in N France, flowing NW to the Seine. 125 miles (200 km) long. a department in NE France. 2327 sq. mi. (6025 sq. km). Capital: Troyes. Historical Examples Aube now began to push back the iron bolt of the street door, and when it opened several policemen and an inspector entered. The Son […]
Daniel François Esprit [da-nyel frahn-swa es-pree] /daˈnyɛl frɑ̃ˈswa ɛsˈpri/ (Show IPA), 1782–1871, French composer. Historical Examples Mr. Græme had received from Paris an unpublished opera of Auber’s. A Love Story A Bushman At last Auber spoke, laying a hand on my shoulder: “It is over; let us go ahead.” Shapes that Haunt the Dusk Various […]