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[dahy-an-uh] /daɪˈæn ə/
(Princess of Wales; Lady Diana Spencer) 1961–97, former wife of Charles, Prince of Wales.
an ancient Roman deity, virgin goddess of the moon and of hunting, and protector of women, identified by the Romans with the Greek Artemis.
the moon personified as a goddess.
Also, Diane
[dahy-an] /daɪˈæn/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • diane stared curiously at the fire-rimmed hem of her satin skirt.

    Diane of the Green Van Leona Dalrymple
  • While diane looked, a round door revolved in the side of the Plumie ship.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
  • Henry being completely under the influence of his mistress, diane de Poitiers, she had little authority.

  • The rancher sat silent for some moments after diane had finished her description.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • A beautiful little cruiser, this ship of diane's; her twin helicopters lifted her gracefully into the air.

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
British Dictionary definitions for diane


the virginal Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon Greek counterpart Artemis
title Diana, Princess of Wales, original name Lady Diana Frances Spencer. 1961–97, she married Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981; they were divorced in 1996: died in a car crash
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Word Origin and History for diane


c.1200, ancient Italian goddess of the moon, patroness of virginity and hunting, later identified with Greek Artemis, and through her with eastern goddesses such as Diana of Ephesus. The name is earlier Diviana, from *diw-yo-, from PIE root *dyeu- "to shine" (see Zeus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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diane in Culture

Diana definition

The Roman name of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and the moon.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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diane in the Bible

so called by the Romans; called Artemis by the Greeks, the "great" goddess worshipped among heathen nations under various modifications. Her most noted temple was that at Ephesus. It was built outside the city walls, and was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. "First and last it was the work of 220 years; built of shining marble; 342 feet long by 164 feet broad; supported by a forest of columns, each 56 feet high; a sacred museum of masterpieces of sculpture and painting. At the centre, hidden by curtains, within a gorgeous shrine, stood the very ancient image of the goddess, on wood or ebony reputed to have fallen from the sky. Behind the shrine was a treasury, where, as in 'the safest bank in Asia,' nations and kings stored their most precious things. The temple as St. Paul saw it subsisted till A.D. 262, when it was ruined by the Goths" (Acts 19:23-41)., Moule on Ephesians: Introd.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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