American English

Definition of melodrama noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable, countable]
    jump to other results
  1. 1a story, play, or novel that is full of exciting events and in which the characters and emotions seem too exaggerated to be real a gripping Victorian melodrama Instead of tragedy, we got melodrama.
  2. 2events, behavior, etc. that are exaggerated or extreme Her love of melodrama meant that any small problem became a crisis.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: melodrama