Definition of melodrama noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    melodrama

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmelədrɑːmə//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmelədrɑːmə//
     
    [uncountable, countable] Types of film, Types of play, Types of story
     
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  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. See related entries: Types of film, Types of play, Types of story
  2. 2events, behaviour, etc. which are exaggerated or extreme Her love of melodrama meant that any small problem became a crisis.
  3. Word Origin early 19th cent.: from French mélodrame, from Greek melos ‘music’ + French drame ‘drama’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: melodrama