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telenovela

[ tel-uh-noh-vel-uh ]
/ ˌtɛl ə noʊˈvɛl ə /
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noun
(in Latin America and Hispanic communities) a television soap opera, usually having a limited number of episodes.
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Origin of telenovela

First recorded in 1960–65; from Spanish, equivalent to tele- tele-1 + novela “novel, serial drama”; see novel1
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