[often not in italics] in Latin America, a TV soap opera, often one having a limited number of episodes
Origin of telenovelaAmerican Spanish from tele(visión), television + novela, novel
A melodramatic television series with a limited number of episodes that is performed in Spanish or Portuguese, typically shown during prime time on multiple days of the week over the course of several months.
Origin of telenovelaSpanish tele(visión) television ( from tele- tele- ) ( visión vision ) ( from Latin vīsiō, vīsiōn- ; see vision. ) novela novel ( from Italian novella news, story ; see novel. )
From Spanish telenovela.