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

Examples of telenovela in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But those revelations added more drama to a telenovela that seems to add plot twists on a weekly basis. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 Although the Colombian telenovela only has two seasons, there's a total of 118 episodes, which dive deep into the lives of five women who revel in the wealth of their husbands, Colombia's biggest drug traffickers. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 Like other Latina actresses, Salma Hayek first stepped in front of the cameras for a telenovela. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2022 But more importantly than the telenovela-level drama of it all, the show is also a reminder of the insidious role that capitalism plays in the pervasiveness of colourism and anti-Blackness generation after generation. Ineye Komonibo,, 30 May 2022 In my head, this album is almost like a telenovela so these instrumentals serve as intermissions and also give listeners a breather from the drama of the vocals. Thania Garcia, Variety, 3 June 2022 After the Hallie telenovela-worthy bombshell, Buhle says that Hunter can no longer hurt her, that the worst is behind her. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Since the 1970s, Globo is by a large head the free-to-air TV leader in Brazil and one the world’s top telenovela producers. Marcelo Cajueiro, Variety, 1 May 2022 Joao Emanuel Carneiro will write the next Globoplay telenovela, Bretas said. Marcelo Cajueiro, Variety, 1 May 2022 See More

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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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“Telenovela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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