Definitions for soap operaˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

soap′ op`er•aˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə(n.)

  1. a radio or television series depicting the interconnected lives of many characters often in a sentimental, melodramatic way.

    Category: Showbiz

Origin of soap opera:

1935–40, Amer.; so called because soap manufacturers were among the original sponsors of such programs

Princeton's WordNet

  1. soap opera(noun)

    a serialized program usually dealing with sentimentalized family matters that is broadcast on radio or television (frequently sponsored by a company advertising soap products)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. soap opera(noun)ʊp

    a TV series about the lives of a group of imaginary characters


  1. soap opera(Noun)

    A radio or television serial, typically broadcast in the afternoon or evening, about the lives of melodramatic characters, which are often filled with strong emotions, highly dramatic situations and suspense.

  2. Origin: From soap + opera: soap from the soap and detergent commercials originally broadcast during the shows, which were aimed at women who were cleaning their house at the time of viewing; opera from the melodramatic character of the shows.


  1. Soap opera

    A soap opera, often referred to simply as a soap, is an ongoing, episodic work of usually dramatic genre, that is fictionally presented in serial format on radio or as television programming. The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials' broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers, such as Dial Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Lever Brothers, as sponsors and producers.

Translations for soap opera

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

soap opera

a radio or television serial broadcast weekly, daily etc, especially one that continues from year to year, that concerns the daily life, troubles etc of the characters in it.

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