space opera

noun

Definition of space opera

: a futuristic melodramatic fantasy involving space travelers and extraterrestrial beings

Examples of space opera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The original Halo games were early master classes in tonal balance, switching gears from 1980s style sci-fi action hero tales to space opera to slapstick comedy. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Now, head to the theater and immerse yourself in Dennis Villeneuve’s space opera masterpiece. Erik Kain, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 In the multiplayer space opera EVE Online, a mini-game called Project Discovery doubles as a citizen science platform, studying the human immune system’s response to the novel coronavirus. Payal Dhar, Wired, 23 Oct. 2021 Duffy joined the studio as a designer during development of the studio’s unique real-time strategy space opera, Homeworld. Matthew Smith, Wired, 25 Oct. 2021 Minus the fuller context that Herbert's extended universe and dense mythology provides, the meaning of it all feels both endlessly beguiling and just out of reach: a dazzling high-toned space opera written on sand. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and Katee Sackhoff, this bold, breathtaking space opera from Syfy perfectly captures the anxiety, fear and uncertainty of post-9/11 America, even with its fantastical sci-fi concept. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and Katee Sackhoff, this bold, breathtaking space opera from Syfy perfectly captures the anxiety, fear and uncertainty of post-9/11 America, even with its fantastical sci-fi concept. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Francis must shed his former self and generate a new storyline for his life—that of his dimension-hopping, space opera stage persona. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of space opera

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of space opera was in 1941

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25 Nov 2021

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“Space opera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/space%20opera. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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