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

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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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No wonder Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and other Hollywood divas love Murad so much. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fendi Embraces Faux Over Fur in Paris Couture Show," 5 July 2018 Leading the parade were jazz maestro Charlie Gabriel, a member of the Preservation Hall Band and a descendant of long-ago Haitian migrants to New Orleans, and legendary soul diva Irma Thomas, who were towed along in a pedicab. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Krewes of Nyx, Druids roll Wednesday, Feb. 7: See throws you can catch," 7 Feb. 2018 Back in 2015, Spencer was photographed hanging out with rap diva Nicki Minaj. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle inspires MTV to launch reality TV series 'Royal World'," 31 July 2018 Dion’s moment also highlighted the power of fashion beyond prettiness: the right piece can unleash the inner diva living inside all of us and serve as an empowering tool. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Céline Dion’s New Shirt Speaks Volumes," 31 Jan. 2019 The dancehall diva is an OG of the genre and kills every performance with her dazzling, form-fitting bodysuits. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018 Her new album, Liberation, bows at No. 6 with 68,000 units (62,000 in album sales), granting the pop diva her seventh top 10 effort. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "5 Seconds of Summer Earn Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Youngblood'," 24 June 2018 Prior to Beyoncé’s 2013 performance, there were rumors the R&B/pop diva would call on her husband, Jay Z, for a guest verse or two. cleveland.com, "The 10 greatest Super Bowl halftime shows," 1 Feb. 2018 The fiery red jacket-and-trouser combo had an elongating effect, while a matching skinny belt, tightly cinched a la 1980s divas, enhanced the hourglass shape. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Olé! Olé! Kendall Jenner Elevates Toreador Style in Paris," 23 July 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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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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