soap opera

noun

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 (such 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 and Etymology of soap opera

from its sponsorship by soap manufacturers


First Known Use: 1938


SOAP OPERA Defined for English Language Learners

soap opera

noun

Definition of soap opera for English Language Learners

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


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