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soap opera

noun

Simple Definition of soap opera

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of soap opera

  1. 1a :  a serial drama performed originally on a daytime radio or television program and chiefly characterized by tangled interpersonal situations and melodramatic or sentimental treatmentb :  a series of real-life events resembling a soap opera

  2. 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–operatic play \ˈsōp-ˌä-pə-ˈra-tik\ adjective

Examples of soap opera in a sentence

  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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