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space opera

[op-er-uh, op-ruh] /ˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə/
a television or radio drama or motion picture that is a science-fiction adventure story.
Origin of space opera
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for space-opera

space opera

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

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

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based on soap opera's 21st Century Lexicon
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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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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