telenovela

noun
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 The telenovela works itself out in under a year, with a finite cast of characters. New York Times, 4 July 2021 But this isn’t just a melodramatic scene from a telenovela. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 4 July 2021 This thriller stars Cardona, who is very well-known in the telenovela world and American audiences may recognize him from his work on Narcos Columbia. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Queen of the South Most of the cast members are expected to return as this English-language adaptation of a hit telenovela is back for its final season. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 For decades, the most popular Spanish-language networks advanced the myth of a raceless Latinx population through predominantly white telenovela stars — a myth that gave birth to the quintessential Latinx identity in modern American film and TV. Alondra Perez, refinery29.com, 16 Mar. 2021 Fifteen years after the Mexican telenovela aired its last episode on Univision, Netflix has recently announced that a Rebelde reboot is in the works. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 6 Mar. 2021 This thriller stars Manolo Cardona, who is very well-known in the telenovela world and American audiences may recognize him from his work on Narcos Columbia. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 This dramedy, from Jennie Snyder Urman, was inspired by a telenovela — roots the CW series playfully wove into its DNA with standard evil twin appearances, love triangles and that-character’s-not-dead-after-all reveals. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021

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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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14 Jul 2021

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“Telenovela.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telenovela. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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