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Diana

[dahy-an-uh] /daɪˈæn ə/
noun
1.
(Princess of Wales; Lady Diana Spencer) 1961–97, former wife of Charles, Prince of Wales.
2.
an ancient Roman deity, virgin goddess of the moon and of hunting, and protector of women, identified by the Romans with the Greek Artemis.
3.
the moon personified as a goddess.
4.
Also, Diane
[dahy-an] /daɪˈæn/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for dianes

Diana

/daɪˈænə/
noun
1.
the virginal Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon Greek counterpart Artemis
2.
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 dianes

Diana

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).

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dianes in Culture

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

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dianes 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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