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 performed in Spanish or Portuguese, typically shown during prime time over several weeks or months.
Origin of telenovelaSpanish : tele(visión), television (from tele-, tele- + visión, vision, from Latin v&imacron;si&omacron;, v&imacron;si&omacron;n-; see vision) + novela, novel (from Italian novella, news, story; see novel).
From Spanish telenovela.