From French mélodrame, the second element refashioned by analogy with drama; ultimately from Ancient Greek μέλος (melos, “limb”, “member”, “song”, “tune”, “melody”) + δρᾶμα (drāma, “deed”, “theatrical act”). Compare melodrame. Cognate to German Melodram and Spanish melodrama.
- (archaic, uncountable) A kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes.
- (countable) A drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".
- (uncountable, figuratively, colloquial) Any situation or action which is blown out of proportion.
mȅlodrāma f (Cyrillic spelling ме̏лодра̄ма)