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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