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

Definition of diva

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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Examples of diva in a Sentence

the reigning diva of daytime television
Recent Examples on the Web On Sunday, an orchestra inside the ancient city of Baalbeck's Temple of Jupiter -- a venue that once hosted concerts by the likes of Nina Simone and the Egyptian diva Um Kulthoum -- played to an empty hall. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Dumpster diving, blackouts and suicides. Lebanon's woes laid bare as crisis deepens," 8 July 2020 Then there's Nomi's champagne lunch with her diva nemesis Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon), in which the two casually discuss their fondness for eating dog food. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "25 years later, is 'Showgirls' still the worst movie ever made?," 10 June 2020 Or is the offensive system simply not going to work for the typical diva No. 1 WR? cleveland, "Will this be last contract for Browns DE Myles Garrett? Hey, Mary Kay!," 14 June 2020 Alyssa Edwards, the show's oft-recurring dancing diva professional. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Shocking elimination rocks RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 5 episode 2," 13 June 2020 As accusations of Michele's alleged diva behavior continued to surface this week, Riley clarified one point on Thursday. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Amber Riley speaks out on Lea Michele 'Glee' controversy: 'I'm not going to say that she's racist'," 5 June 2020 Morgan recently defended McCoy, who has been accused of being a diva on social media. NBC News, "Vanessa Morgan says she gets paid less than her white 'Riverdale' co-stars," 3 June 2020 Many tracks beam straight into an early-’90s warehouse with spritzing hi-hats, rhythmic piano, and spiraling diva wails. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Lady Gaga Is Back and Smaller Than Ever," 1 June 2020 Tracee Ellis Ross taps into her inner pop diva for her latest film, The High Note. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "'High Note' Star Tracee Ellis Ross Steps Into The Recording Booth For 'Love Myself'," 15 May 2020

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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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15 Jul 2020

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“Diva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diva. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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