A television or radio drama serial dealing typically with daily events in the lives of the same group of characters.
- If I was a character in a soap opera or a bad romantic novel, I would immediately have assumed he was having an affair.
- They will take to the stage for a live rendition of their new radio soap opera.
- He has appeared in a soap opera, in TV films, and on the top Saturday evening quiz show.
1930s: so named because such serials were originally sponsored in the US by soap manufacturers.
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