Definition of soap opera in English:

soap opera

Syllabification: soap op·er·a

noun

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

Origin

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

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