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 There’s something a little bit diva about being Madonna or being Bono or whatever. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "A Minnesota baker-turned-poet turns up the heat on ICE," 12 Nov. 2019 Given his gifts, his persona and — most importantly — his position, Allen hits the trifecta required for being a football diva. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Keenan Allen’s last three Chargers performances haven’t fit his style," 18 Oct. 2019 The houses were dressed up like divas and there was a hush under the broad leaves of the trees. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "In New Orleans, Life Is at Full Blast," 14 Oct. 2019 Can't hurt to have a wrestling diva as your motivator, right? Emma Baty, Redbook, "Brie Bella Gets Real About Loving Her Post-Baby Body," 30 May 2017 Each new episode will tackle buzzy pop-culture topics while incorporating deep dives and commentary on all the major pop divas, from Madonna to Selena Gomez. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 Movies and TV Shows to Warm Up With This Week," 3 Nov. 2019 In March, Peng Liyuan, the first lady of China and a former diva and fashion plate in her own right, received a private tour of the gallery from Don Prospero and his wife during President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Italy. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Palazzo Colonna, Rome's Last Great Sanctuary of Renaissance Splendor," 24 Sep. 2019 Vogue’s Irving Penn photographed Anderson in 1948—in a full, black, lacy, diva-like gown—her status escalated ever higher. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "How Marian Anderson Became an Iconic Symbol for Equality," 9 Apr. 2014 Floating about the stage in a perfumed cloud, Fleming upholds her goddess stature as an opera diva while portraying Margaret as a maternal lioness who can still command a room with her elegance and fire. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Renée Fleming brings radiant star power to a flickering ‘Light in the Piazza’," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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31 Jan 2020

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“Diva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diva. Accessed 23 Feb. 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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