- A 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.
Etymology: From soap + opera: soap from the consistent soap and detergent commercials during the shows that were aimed at women who were cleaning their house at the time of viewing; opera from the fact that the shows were so melodramatic.
- Dutch: soap
- Dutch, soap , soapreeks , soapserie
- French: feuilleton , soap opera , soap
- Italian: telenovela
- German: soap
- Spanish: telenovela , culebrón
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