Definition of melodrama
1a : a work (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.>
melodramatistplay \ˌme-lə-ˈdra-mə-tist, -ˈdrä-\ noun
Examples of melodrama in a sentence
Critics dismissed his work as melodrama.
an actor with a talent for melodrama
She is starring in another melodrama.
The trial turned into a melodrama.
a life full of melodrama
Origin and Etymology of melodrama
modification of French mélodrame, from Greek melos song + French drame drama, from Late Latin drama
First Known Use: 1802
MELODRAMA Defined for English Language Learners
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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