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diva

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noun, di·va \ˈdē-və\

Simple Definition of diva

  • : the main female singer in an opera company

  • : a famous and successful woman who is very attractive and fashionable; especially : an attractive and successful female performer or celebrity

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of diva

plural divas or dive play \-(ˌ)vā\

  1. 1 a :  prima donna 1 b :  prima donna 2

  2. 2 :  a usually glamorous and successful female performer or personality <a fashion diva>; especially :  a popular female singer <pop divas>

Examples of diva in a sentence

  1. <the reigning diva of daytime television>



Origin of diva

Italian, literally, goddess, from Latin, feminine of divus divine, god — more at deity


First Known Use: 1883

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