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[dee-vuh, -vah] /ˈdi və, -vɑ/
noun, plural divas, dive
[dee-ve] /ˈdi vɛ/ (Show IPA)
a distinguished female singer; prima donna.
Origin of diva
1880-85; < Italian < Latin dīva, feminine of dīvus god; cf. divine Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diva
  • Her voice has the power and pain of rock, but also the sensitivity of the soul diva.
  • With her third album, the renowned underground house diva has moved squarely into a wider musical arena.
  • It is an ageless diva on a non-stop farewell tour, coming around for one absolutely final appearance.
  • Remember him as a thug and murderer, but also as a self-obsessed diva with a gift for timing and spectacle.
  • After several years of ups and downs, the pop diva is back on top of her game, and the network will fete her.
  • The more miserable the life of the diva, the better able the performer was to channel his own anguish and drama into the show.
British Dictionary definitions for diva


noun (pl) -vas, -ve (-vɪ)
a highly distinguished female singer; prima donna
Word Origin
C19: via Italian from Latin: a goddess, from dīvusdivine
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Word Origin and History for diva

"distinguished woman singer, prima donna," 1883, from Italian diva "goddess, fine lady," from Latin diva "goddess," fem. of divus "divine (one);" see divine (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for diva



A male transvestite; esp, a homosexual cross-dresser; drag queen: Salt-N-Pepa's divas are checking out designer creations

[1990s+; fr Italian, ''goddess, lady love,'' used by the 1880s to designate a distinguished woman singer]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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