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soap opera

n.
1. A drama, typically performed as a serial on daytime television or radio, characterized by stock characters and situations, sentimentality, and melodrama.
2. A series of experiences characterized by dramatic displays of emotion.

[From its originally having been sponsored by soap companies.]

soap opera

n
(Broadcasting) a serialized drama, usually dealing with domestic themes and characterized by sentimentality, broadcast on radio or television
[C20: so called because manufacturers of soap were typical sponsors]

soap′ op`er•a

(ˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə)
n.
a radio or television series depicting the interconnected lives of many characters often in a sentimental, melodramatic way.
[1935–40, Amer.; so called because soap manufacturers were among the original sponsors of such programs]

soap opera

- Goes back (1939) to the early days of radio suspense serials, which were mainly sponsored by soap-makers; the "opera" part is an echo of the earlier "horse opera"—a Western (1927).
See also related terms for opera.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soap opera - a serialized program usually dealing with sentimentalized family matters that is broadcast on radio or television (frequently sponsored by a company advertising soap products)soap opera - a serialized program usually dealing with sentimentalized family matters that is broadcast on radio or television (frequently sponsored by a company advertising soap products)
serial, series - a serialized set of programs; "a comedy series"; "the Masterworks concert series"
Translations
culebrot
rozhlasový/televizní seriálseriál
sæbeopera
saippuaoopperasaippuasarja
sapunica
szappanopera
sápuópera, sápa
ソープオペラ昼メロ
연속극
soapsoap operasoapreekssoapserie
telenovelă
rozhlasový/televízny seriál
telenovelatelevizijska limonada
såpoperatvålopera
ละครน้ำเน่า
chương trình truyền hình nhiều tập

soap opera

ntelenovela, soap opera f inv

soap

(səup) noun
a mixture containing oils or fats and other substances, especially formed into small regularly-shaped pieces and used in washing. He found a bar of soap and began to wash his hands.
verb
to rub with soap. She soaped the baby all over.
ˈsoapy adjective
1. covered with, or full of, soap. soapy water.
2. like soap. This chocolate has a soapy taste.
ˈsoapiness noun
soap opera
a radio or television serial broadcast weekly, daily etc, especially one that continues from year to year, that concerns the daily life, troubles etc of the characters in it.

soap opera

مُسَلْسَلٌ دْرَامِيّ seriál sæbeopera Seifenoper σαπουνόπερα culebrón, telenovela saippuaooppera feuilleton télévisé sapunica soap opera ソープオペラ 연속극 soap opera såpeopera opera mydlana novela мыльная опера tvålopera ละครน้ำเน่า pembe dizi chương trình truyền hình nhiều tập 肥皂剧
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