a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone.
Historical Examples

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).


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