Soap-opera meaning

A radio or television serial, typically broadcast in the afternoon or evening, about the lives of melodramatic characters, which are often filled with strong emotions, highly dramatic situations and suspense.
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Attributive form of soap opera, noun.

A soap-opera fanzine.

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The definition of a soap opera is a highly dramatic radio or television show.

An example of a soap opera is the daily television drama Days of Our Lives.

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A drama, typically performed as a serial on daytime television or radio, characterized by stock characters and situations, sentimentality, and melodrama.
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A radio or television serial drama of a highly melodramatic, sentimental nature.
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A series of experiences characterized by dramatic displays of emotion.
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Origin of soap-opera

  • From its originally having been sponsored by soap companies

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From soap + opera: soap from the soap and detergent commercials originally broadcast during the shows, which were aimed at women who were cleaning their house at the time of viewing; opera from the melodramatic character of the shows.

    From Wiktionary