diva

[dee-vuh, -vah]
noun, plural divas, dive [dee-ve] .
a distinguished female singer; prima donna.

Origin:
1880–85; < Italian < Latin dīva, feminine of dīvus god; cf. divine

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diva (ˈdiːvə)
 
n , pl -vas, -ve
a highly distinguished female singer; prima donna
 
[C19: via Italian from Latin: a goddess, from dīvusdivine]

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diva
"distinguished woman singer," 1883, from It. diva "goddess, fine lady," from L. diva "goddess," fem. of divus "divine (one)."
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Her voice has the power and pain of rock, but also the sensitivity of the soul diva.
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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.
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