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 In February 2019, San Cha brought her telenovela to life at Vibiana in downtown L.A. for the Red Bull Music Festival. Los Angeles Times, "The explosive musical storytelling of San Cha puts the Goth in ranchera," 1 May 2020 Lyn’s new boyfriend Rudy (Adrian Gonzalez), a telenovela-handsome local politician from a prosperous family, seems to be her most promising match to date. Judy Berman, Time, "No Other Show Captures the Pleasures and Frustrations of Real Life Quite Like Vida," 22 Apr. 2020 There was, however, one thing that would occasionally interrupt her conversations with relatives: telenovelas. Alejandro Serrano,, "Coronavirus: Union City councilman’s grandma becomes 10th person to die at Hayward nursing home," 14 Apr. 2020 Univision dominated the market back then, but Telemundo, owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal, has been gaining ground for years, especially with its telenovelas that are attracting younger viewers than are Univision’s. Paul Bond, Billboard, "Who Wants to Buy Univision?," 10 July 2019 In 2006, Horta developed Ugly Betty, which was based on Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Silvio Horta, Creator Of Ugly Betty, Found Dead At 45," 8 Jan. 2020 To likely push her further over the edge, during the telenovela, the producers cast her as the maid, who initially had to stand on the sidelines and watch him make out with everyone else. Washington Post, "That ‘Bachelor’ episode about 'two feuding females’ was reality TV manipulation at its peak," 6 Feb. 2020 Telemundo’s La Reina del Sur 2, the comeback of the series that took the telenovela to new heights, will feature a soundtrack recorded by the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Billboard has learned. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Telemundo's 'La Reina del Sur 2' Gets Symphonic Soundtrack: Exclusive," 26 Mar. 2019 On Wednesday, Peter and the ladies will make their want to Santiago, Chile where a group date will include acting in a fake telenovela titled El Amor de Pedro. Lia Beck,, "The Bachelor’s," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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9 Jun 2020

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“Telenovela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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