Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"melodramatic radio serial" (later extended to television), 1939; so-called because sponsors often were soap manufacturers, from earlier horse opera "a Western" (1927). Shortened form soap for this first attested 1943.
n. A radio or television serial, typically broadcast in the afternoon or evening, about the lives of melodramatic characters, which are often filled with strong emotions, highly dramatic situations and suspense.
n. a serialized program usually dealing with sentimentalized family matters that is broadcast on radio or television (frequently sponsored by a company advertising soap products)
Soap Opera or The Kinks Present a Soap Opera is a 1975 concept album by The Kinks. It is the thirteenth studio album by The Kinks.
A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction presented in serial format on television, radio, or other mediums.
Soap opera may also refer to:
Soap Opera, subtitled The Lester Persky Story, is a 1964 feature-length underground film directed by Andy Warhol, starring Baby Jane Holzer, and featuring Gerard Malanga, Sam Green, and Ivy Nicholson. The subtitle was used by Warhol since he used old TV ad footage provided by Lester Persky.
Soap Opera is a 2014 Italian comedy film written and directed by Alessandro Genovesi. It opened the 2014 Rome Film Festival.