What does soap opera mean?

Definitions for soap operaˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word soap opera.

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)


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of soap opera in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of soap opera in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rick Springfield:

    I was a one-dimensional soap-opera pretty boy.

  2. Ted Cruz:

    This is not a soap opera of personalities, i'm not interested in playing that game.

  3. Scott Brown:

    It's been a real soap opera for the markets about whether the Fed is going to move or aren't they going to move.

  4. Aaron David Miller:

    But what do they amount to? It is confined and contained to a soap opera-like exchange that never leads to anything of consequence.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    Politics in a democratic society should not be treated like a baseball game, a game show or a soap opera. The times are too serious for that.

Images & Illustrations of soap opera

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