- IPA: /ˈmɛləˌdɹɑːmə/
- (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
- the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".
- (uncountable, figuratively, colloquial) Any situation or action which is blown out of proportion.
- French: mélodrame
- German: Melodrama
- Italian: melodramma
- Portuguese: melodrama
- Russian: мелодра́ма
- Spanish: melodrama