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soap opera

noun

: a television or radio program that has continuing stories about the daily lives and problems of a group of people

Full Definition of SOAP OPERA

1
a :  a serial drama performed originally on a daytime radio or television program and chiefly characterized by tangled interpersonal situations and melodramatic or sentimental treatment
b :  a series of real-life events resembling a soap opera
2
:  the melodrama and sentimentality characteristic of a soap opera <even cops need a little soap opera in their lives — Joseph Wambaugh>; also :  something (as a novel) having such qualities
soap–op·er·at·ic \ˈsōp-ˌä-pə-ˈra-tik\ adjective

Examples of SOAP OPERA

  1. She loves to watch daytime soap operas.
  2. <the movie started out well, but quickly devolved into improbable soap opera>

Origin of SOAP OPERA

from its sponsorship by soap manufacturers
First Known Use: 1939

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