Definition of “soap opera” - English Dictionary

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“soap opera” in British English

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soap operanoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsəʊp ˌɒp.ər.ə/ us /ˈsoʊp ˌɑː.pɚ.ə/ informal soap

B1 a series of television or radio programmes about the lives and problems of a particular group of characters. The series continues over a long period and is broadcast (several times) every week.

Examples

  • It is her proud boast that she has never missed a single episode of the soap opera.
  • The new soap opera will be screened, wait for it, five times each day.
  • I know that if I start watching a soap opera I immediately become hopelessly addicted.
  • He was interviewing some soap star.
  • I don't have time to watch any of the soaps.

(Definition of “soap opera” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“soap opera” in American English

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soap operanoun [ C ]

us /ˈsoʊp ˌɑp·rə/ infml soap, /soʊp/

a television program, usually broadcast five days a week, about the lives of a particular group of characters

(Definition of “soap opera” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)