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 Rebelde walked so Elite—another telenovela about rich, Spanish-speaking students—could run. Ana Escalante, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Oct. 2021 That telenovela inspired Schoenstadt’s solo exhibition, opening Thursday, at the Mullin Gallery at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 If the outlines of the plot sound like pure melodrama, that's not far off; at least a few of the movie's more outrageous threads wouldn't feel out of place in a telenovela. Leah Greenblatt,, 22 Sep. 2021 But when the dogs aren’t talking to her, the schnauzer quartet — there are also two boys, Orion and Iker — bicker and act out telenovela-like personal dramas in Spanish. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 The song was a huge hit and was used as the theme song for a telenovela that shared the same name. Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 In fact, Nielsen reports more than 6 million telenovela viewers per week across the U.S. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 4 July 2021 The telenovela-style story of a virgin who's artificially inseminated by accident started strong and rode high for five excellent seasons. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 In the living room, my grandmother watched a syrupy telenovela. New York Times, 20 July 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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18 Oct 2021

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“Telenovela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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