melodrama

noun melo·dra·ma \ ˈme-lə-ˌdrä-mə , -ˌdra- \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of melodrama

1 a : a work (such as a movie or play) characterized by extravagant theatricality and by the predominance of plot and physical action over characterization
  • an actor with a flair for melodrama
b : the genre (see genre 1) of dramatic literature constituted by such works
2 : something resembling a melodrama especially in having a sensational or theatrical quality
  • The trial turned into a melodrama.

melodramatist

play \ˌme-lə-ˈdra-mə-tist, -ˈdrä-\ noun

Examples of melodrama in a Sentence

  1. Critics dismissed his work as melodrama.

  2. an actor with a talent for melodrama

  3. She is starring in another melodrama.

  4. The trial turned into a melodrama.

  5. a life full of melodrama

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Origin and Etymology of melodrama

modification of French mélodrame, from Greek melos song + French drame drama, from Late Latin drama

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MELODRAMA Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of melodrama for English Language Learners

  • : drama in which many exciting events happen and the characters have very strong or exaggerated emotions

  • : a situation or series of events in which people have very strong or exaggerated emotions



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