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 But perhaps more importantly, a telenovela inspires him to develop the persona of Cassandro, an exotico with a couple of differences. Pat Padua, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 The 2024 telenovela will tell the story of two soulmates trapped in the threshold between life and death over several centuries. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 16 May 2023 Her first acting opportunities came in Mexican telenovelas and her early collaborations with director Robert Rodriguez entrenched her in Hollywood. Jacob Linden, Redbook, 17 Aug. 2023 But as a kid, seeing people who looked like me and my family was reserved for telenovelas. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2023 The film propelled her on an acting career that spanned more than six decades and 100 film, television and theater credits, including in popular telenovelas that aired around the world. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2023 Execs from Amazon Studios, TelevisaUnivision and Televisa debated on the current state of the telenovela and the impact AI will have on it in the not-so-distant future. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 27 June 2023 Not your abuela’s telenovelas: How Spanish-language streamers are shaking up TV: For brands like Tplus and Vix, reimagining one of Spanish-language TV’s most venerable formats is just one path to finding a younger, larger audience. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2023 Reina Rebelde Founder Reina Rebelde grew up in Mexico and has fond memories of watching telenovelas while watching her mom put on makeup. Christina Montoya Fiedler, Woman's Day, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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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 1 Oct. 2023.

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