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diva

[dee-vuh, -vah] /ˈdi və, -vɑ/
noun, plural divas, dive
[dee-ve] /ˈdi vɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a distinguished female singer; prima donna.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Italian < Latin dīva, feminine of dīvus god; cf. divine
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Examples 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

diva

/ˈdiːvə/
noun (pl) -vas, -ve (-vɪ)
1.
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
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for diva

diva

noun

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]


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