- The definition of melodrama is a creative performance or actions with lots of exaggerated emotion, tension or excitement.
- A soap opera is an example of a melodrama.
- A person who is constantly breaking up and getting back together with her boyfriend in emotional scenes is an example of someone who enjoys melodrama.
- Historical a sensational or romantic stage play with interspersed songs and an orchestral accompaniment
- now, a drama, as a play or film, concerned with exaggerated conflicts and emotions, stereotyped characters, etc.; also, such dramas collectively
- any sensational, extravagantly emotional action, utterance, etc.
Origin: altered (by associated, association with drama) from French mélodrame from Glassical Greek melos, a song plush French drame from LL: see drama
- melodramatist noun
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- a. A drama, such as a play, film, or television program, characterized by exaggerated emotions, stereotypical characters, and interpersonal conflicts.b. The dramatic genre characterized by this treatment.
- Behavior or occurrences having melodramatic characteristics.
Origin: Alteration of melodrame, from French mélodrame, spoken drama that includes some musical accompaniment, melodrama : Greek melos, song + French drame, drama (from Late Latin drāma; see drama).