soap opera

noun
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

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 (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

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Origin and Etymology of soap opera

from its sponsorship by soap manufacturers

soap opera Synonyms

Synonyms

corn, goo, mush, schmaltz (also schmalz), sludge, slush;

Related Words

claptrap, drivel, rubbish, tripe;


SOAP OPERA Defined for English Language Learners

soap opera

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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