tel·​e·​no·​vela ˌte-lə-nō-ˈve-lə How to pronounce telenovela (audio)
: 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 In addition to her music, Yuri ventured into acting with roles in telenovelas and films and has served as a host on Mexican television shows. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2024 Roles in telenovelas followed before Barrera moved back to the States to star in Starz’s coming-of-age series Vida, which ran for two seasons. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2024 Since 2022, Shakira’s personal life has publicly unfolded like an engrossing telenovela that just won’t resolve. Suzy Exposito, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2024 Back in Queens, Betty’s family, including her father and sister, is watching a telenovela. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 25 Sep. 2023 Advertisement Entertainment & Arts Not your abuela’s telenovelas: How Spanish-language streamers are shaking up TV June 14, 2023 MEXICO Cecilia (Paramount+). Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2023 Part of that is a result of longer episode counts for successful K-dramas and Spanish-language telenovelas, which often produce dozens of episodes per season. Vulture, 12 Dec. 2023 Omar Ayuso, who shares the same name as his character, is a pillar of the teen telenovela Elite. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 21 Oct. 2023 Carlos Fernández, who plays Pablo, is a Cuban actor who has worked in series and telenovelas in Cuba. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telenovela was in 1961

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“Telenovela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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