Definition of melodrama:
- Formerly, a kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes. Now, 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 gravedigging scene of Beethoven's " Fidelio".
drama (part of speech: noun)
- improvisational drama,
- "The Rustler of Wind River", G. W. Ogden.
- "Modern Painting", George Moore.
- "The Red Symbol", John Ironside.