- a radio or television series depicting the interconnected lives of many characters often in a sentimental, melodramatic way.
Origin of soap opera
Examples from the Web for soap opera
Contemporary Examples of soap opera
It was a Senate floor soap opera over none other than a soap-opera producer.U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
January 2, 2015
Meanwhile, Tony had married his college girlfriend, Cynthia Carrafa, a soap-opera actress and producer, and had started a family.The Prince and The Pauper; My College Roommate became an Oligarch
May 30, 2014
Archers listeners are by far the most proprietorial of all soap-opera fans.America, Presenting Your New Addiction: ‘The Archers’
April 25, 2014
Fans of the AMC hit have seen Megan evolve from an earnest secretary to Mrs. Draper, from struggling actress to soap-opera star.Megan Draper’s Dramatic Wardrobe Evolution on ‘Mad Men’
Misty White Sidell
June 3, 2013
- a serialized drama, usually dealing with domestic themes and characterized by sentimentality, broadcast on radio or television
Word Origin for soap opera
"melodramatic radio serial" (later extended to television), 1939; so-called because sponsors often were soap manufacturers, from earlier horse opera "a Western" (1927). Shortened form soap for this first attested 1943.
A radio or television serial with stock characters in domestic dramas that are noted for being sentimental and melodramatic. For example, She just watches soap operas all day long. This term originated in the mid-1930s and was so called because the sponsors of the earliest such radio shows were often soap manufacturers.
Real-life situation resembling one that might occur in a soap opera, as in She just goes on and on about her various medical and family problems, one long soap opera. [1940s]