Definition of soap opera
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 : 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–operaticplay \ˈsōp-ˌä-pə-ˈra-tik\ adjective
Examples of soap opera in a sentence
She loves to watch daytime soap operas.
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
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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