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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 cadet

n phr,n

A mad or eccentric person, esp one who seems stuporous or out of touch with reality as if intoxicated by narcotics; nut,spaced-out: Alda presents her as such a space cadet that the agony of divorce is tempered/ meant to convince the jury that he is an unreliable space-out, that perhaps he was hallucinating

[1980s+; probably fr the 1950s TV program Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, which followed the adventures of a group of teenage cadets at a 24th-century space academy, thought of humorously as being far out, way out, etc]


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