di·​va | \ ˈdē-və How to pronounce diva (audio) \
plural divas or dive\ ˈdē-​(ˌ)vā How to pronounce dive (audio) \

Definition of diva

1a music : prima donna sense 1
b : prima donna sense 2 … if a team asks me to play somewhere else, I'm not going to be a diva about it.— Ettore Lattanzio
2 : a usually glamorous and successful female performer or personality (see personality sense 4b) a fashion diva especially : a popular female singer pop divas The original diva and Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, appears to have brought US President Barack Obama to tears (and then to his feet) with a stellar performance of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman— Tom Williams

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Synonyms for diva


goddess, princess, queen

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Examples of diva in a Sentence

the reigning diva of daytime television

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As a pair of finicky drag divas who are brought in from the big city to displace Casey, Frederick Williams and Colin Kane are a delight. Jeffrey Gillespie| For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Elvis impersonator transforms into drag diva in endearing ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’," 10 June 2019 With that in mind, Jennifer Lopez is putting down the flat iron and doing curls in the most diva-worthy way. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Makes the Case for Bouncy Pageant Curls," 28 May 2019 Twain rallied with the pep of a cheerleader and the sparkle of a diva. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Shania Twain brings her country-pop dazzle to Houston," 10 June 2018 Indeed, while her sound inclines toward the electro-pop stylings of Grimes and Mozart’s Sister, Sama bears a deep-set admiration for the divas of our time. Vogue, "A New Class of Bright, Young Things—from Riverdale Heartthrobs to Underground Musicians—Lets Loose in L.A.," 15 Feb. 2019 And while Brooks is masterful in each and every number, a show about divas could have employed at least one female vocalist. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Tap Theatre’s fun diva spectacle needs rehearsal, and maybe a diva," 24 June 2018 Of course, no trip to the Moulin Rouge would be complete without a diva-worthy ensemble: Dion revealed her bombshell legs in a hot pink Dodo Bar Or mini dress and swish of magenta lip gloss—welcoming the world to a new fabulous year of Céline style. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Céline Dion Shuts Down Paris With 70s Disco Curls and a Moulin Rouge-Worthy Mini Dress," 25 Jan. 2019 Fortunately for car buyers, the hottest segment in the industry doesn’t have any duds or divas, so differentiating between them is less about the facts than a feeling. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is like a good winter coat," 9 Jan. 2018 The lion's share of Volf's film shows her at her most glamorous: heavily jeweled, never less than perfectly attired, frequently clutching a tiny toy poodle, the very picture of a diva. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "In Maria by Callas, Celebrating an Opera Icon In Her Own Words," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of diva

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for diva

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

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The first known use of diva was in 1883

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English Language Learners 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

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