tel·​e·​no·​vela | \ ˌte-lə-nō-ˈve-lə How to pronounce telenovela (audio) \

Definition of telenovela

: a soap opera produced in and televised in or from many Latin American countries

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José Contreras grew up infatuated with the drama and steamy romance of telenovelas. Samantha Schmidt,, "In a first, a new telenovela features a gay couple as leading characters," 15 Aug. 2019 The show, just as popular in Israel as in the West Bank, is written and directed in the over-the-top telenovela style. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "'Tel Aviv on Fire' plays Mideast politics for laughs," 8 Aug. 2019 Don’t get me wrong, the American version is full of endearing nods to Spanglish words, food, dancing, and funny stereotypical telenovela tropes, but it’s done in a satirical way to show that these things are overexaggerated stereotypes. Lluvia Perez, Teen Vogue, "Jane the Virgin’s Impact On American Viewers and Latinx Storytelling," 1 Aug. 2019 The company has long relied on telenovelas produced by Grupo Televisa, the world’s largest Spanish-language entertainment company. Meg James,, "Univision owners want to sell. After 12 years and $13 billion, what went wrong?," 15 July 2019 Bruna Marquezine, the quiet 23-year-old Brazilian telenovela star, dated the soccer player Neymar for many years. Mikael Jansson, Vogue, "14 Countries, 14 Superstars: The Global Actors Who Know No Limits," 14 Mar. 2019 The jokes are fast-paced and tinged with absurdity; at its best, Los Espookys can feel like a half-hour telenovela assembled in the 30 Rock writers’ room. Kristen Baldwin,, "A love letter to Los Espookys, TV's most delightful freak show," 3 July 2019 His boyfriend Juan Carlos, with his flawless telenovela cheekbones, is heir to a cookie fortune. Jason Parham, WIRED, "The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys," 14 June 2019 My mom used to watch Brazilian telenovelas, which are different than Mexican ones in that there's a lot of magical realism. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "HBO’s Los Espookys will make you want to be a horror technician, too," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of telenovela

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telenovela

Spanish, from tele- tele- + novela novel, serial drama

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