Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A melodramatic television series performed in Spanish or Portuguese, typically shown during prime time over several weeks or months.

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  • noun A television soap opera presented as a miniseries

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish : tele(visión), television (from tele-, tele- + visión, vision, from Latin vīsiō, vīsiōn-; see vision) + novela, novel (from Italian novella, news, story; see novel).]

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From Spanish telenovela.

Examples

  • The term telenovela derived from the Spanish and Portuguese terms for “novel” and “television” is the Hispanic equivalent of an American soap opera.

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  • "Capadocia" had the budget to spend a week shooting a single episode, compared to the typical Latin American telenovela which would do one episode in a day, Paisner said.

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  • Paisner said the three nominations for Capadocia reflect a growing trend toward higher quality television production in more countries outside the US Capadocia had the budget to spend a week shooting a single episode, compared to the typical Latin American telenovela which would do one episode in a day, Paisner said.

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  • Paisner said the three nominations for Capadocia reflect a growing trend toward higher quality television production in more countries outside the US Capadocia had the budget to spend a week shooting a single episode, compared to the typical Latin American telenovela which would do one episode in a day, Paisner said.

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  • Paisner said the three nominations for Capadocia reflect a growing trend toward higher quality television production in more countries outside the US Capadocia had the budget to spend a week shooting a single episode, compared to the typical Latin American telenovela which would do one episode in a day, Paisner said.

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  • My Peruvian colleagues and expedition co-leader, Rodolfo Salas, named it after a Colombian telenovela, which is like "Pedro El Escamoso," "Sleazy Pedro."

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  • My Peruvian colleagues and expedition co-leader, Rodolfo Salas, named it after a Colombian telenovela, which is like "Pedro El Escamoso," "Sleazy Pedro."

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  • My Peruvian colleagues and expedition co-leader, Rodolfo Salas, named it after a Colombian telenovela, which is like "Pedro El Escamoso," "Sleazy Pedro."

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  • My Peruvian colleagues and expedition co-leader, Rodolfo Salas, named it after a Colombian telenovela, which is like "Pedro El Escamoso," "Sleazy Pedro."

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  • "'Desperate Housewives' has many elements of a telenovela, which is the backbone of Latin American television," says Aranguibel.

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