space opera

[ op-er-uh, op-ruh ]
/ ˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə /

noun

a television or radio drama or motion picture that is a science-fiction adventure story.

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Origin of space opera

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for space opera

space opera

noun

a science fiction drama, such as a film or television programme, esp one dealing with interplanetary flight
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