Definition of soap opera in English:

soap opera

noun

  • A television or radio drama series dealing typically with daily events in the lives of the same group of characters.

    • ‘They will take to the stage for a live rendition of their new radio soap opera.’
    • ‘Not so long ago I wrote about a fantastically fresh and exciting band that shared their name with an Australian soap opera.’
    • ‘You can become a star, a luminary of our time, simply by appearing in a soap opera.’
    • ‘If I was a character in a soap opera or a bad romantic novel, I would immediately have assumed he was having an affair.’
    • ‘Chances are he or she will be settled down in front of the TV for a daily fix of an Indian soap opera.’
    • ‘So began the theme music to the worst soap opera in the history of television.’
    • ‘The story is not original to this production, it is taken from a foreign soap opera.’
    • ‘Achieving a great fluidity and economy, the film covers a good deal of ground in a short time without seeming too much like a soap opera.’
    • ‘I was watching a soap opera when Ryan came in, still in his apron and sat down on the couch next to me.’
    • ‘If there's anything more catchy than a soap opera or a movie, it is a cartoon film.’
    • ‘He has appeared in a soap opera, in TV films, and on the top Saturday evening quiz show.’
    • ‘People sit and watch that documentary, which is real-life stuff, not a soap opera.’
    • ‘It's more like a soap opera without a script, blurring the line between what is real and what is manufactured for the cameras.’
    • ‘In the soap opera, viewers were left to speculate about who was responsible for the vitriolic letters.’
    • ‘Angel hadn't realized that a person could sound so dismal outside of a soap opera.’
    • ‘It was an early episode in a story that has been compared to a soap opera - a saga of love, infidelity and betrayal in high places.’
    • ‘She found time to produce a weekly radio soap opera with a health promotion twist.’
    • ‘My second question is about whether a soap opera can really affect social mores.’
    • ‘But it is as pointless to complain about this as it would be to complain that one episode of a soap opera is similar to another.’
    • ‘Have you ever seen a soap opera and been able to see the people acting?’
    set of programmes, programme, production, serial
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Origin

1930s: so named because such serials were originally sponsored by soap manufacturers.

Pronunciation:

soap opera

/ˈsōp ˌäp(ə)rə/