space opera


: a futuristic melodramatic fantasy involving space travelers and extraterrestrial beings

Examples of space opera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this pseudo–Star Wars space opera is where his hyperadrenalized aesthetic really hits its nadir. Will Leitch, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2024 How to Watch Every Star Wars Movie and Series in Chronological Order The Acolyte is the fourth spinoff series to expand the lore of the iconic space opera franchise. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 24 May 2024 Go flower shopping, listen to bluegrass or an exceptional high school choir, get a free comic book, attend an artsy parade or celebrate an epic space opera/media franchise. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 2 May 2024 The first part of director Zack Snyder's epic space opera Rebel Moon is coming to Netflix in December. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for space opera 

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of space opera was in 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Space opera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

space opera

: science fiction that deals with fantastic situations involving space travelers and beings from other worlds

from space and opera, following the pattern of soap opera

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