Definition of melodrame in English:

melodrame

(also mélodrame)

Pronunciation /ˈmɛlə(ʊ)dram/ /ˈmɛlə(ʊ)drɑːm/

noun

  • A melodrama; the genre comprising musical drama of this type. Also (occasionally): the musical accompaniment of any variety performance.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in untitled. From French mélodrame from mélo- + drame, after Italian melodramma.