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space opera

[op-er-uh, op-ruh] /ˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə/
noun
1.
a television or radio drama or motion picture that is a science-fiction adventure story.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for space opera

space opera

noun
1.
a science fiction drama, such as a film or television programme, esp one dealing with interplanetary flight
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Contemporary definitions for space opera
noun

any melodramatic literature, motion picture, or television program set in outer space

Word Origin

based on soap opera

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Slang definitions & phrases for space opera

space opera

noun phrase

A movie or show about interplanetary exploration, warfare, sex, etc

[1941+; coined by Wilson Tucker]


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