di·​va | \ˈdē-və \
plural divas or dive\ -​(ˌ)vā \

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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Star Thorne and showrunner King are said to have clashed on multiple occasions, with the actress exhibiting what sources described as 'diva-like behavior' on set. refinery29.com, "Famous In Love Isn't Even Cancelled Yet, So Why Is Everyone Coming For Bella Thorne?," 27 June 2018 Jackson gets help from a classical diva in Kathleen Battle, whose wordless wailing pours on the drama along with the sweeping strings. Chuck Arnold, Billboard, "Janet Jackson's 'janet.' Album Turns 25: Ranking All the Songs (Critic's Picks)," 18 May 2018 Orchids are the ultimate divas of the plant world, and not just the flamboyant ornamental ones favored by florists and horticulturalists. Kimbra Cutlip, Smithsonian, "Why the Conservation of Orchids Is No Simple Matter," 28 Feb. 2018 The day before, after the game, Ibrahimovic had been a proper diva, keeping the media waiting until the locker room emptied before emerging with Bastian Schweinsteiger, a Fire midfielder and former Manchester United teammate. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic is giving the Galaxy and MLS quite a show on his world tour," 17 Apr. 2018 As Lightning One Cool Cat If there is a pattern-loving diva in your life, look no further than this fabulous leopard-print backpack by Emily and Merrit. Sunset, "10 Functional & Cool Kids’ Backpacks," 22 Jan. 2018 Born to gospel-music royalty, a child prodigy whose voice and graceful demeanor propelled her into superstar status as pop’s reigning diva, Houston ultimately died alone in a bathtub at 48, after years of abusing cocaine. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "New Whitney Houston documentary transcends the rise-and-fall formula," 5 July 2018 Royal, drummer Charles Neal and bassist James H. Leary (chipping in after bass player Andre St. James died in late May) are finely syncopated to the music and moods of the unpredictable diva. OregonLive.com, "'Lady Day' tells Billie Holiday's story in richly layered, unforgettable show," 4 June 2018 She code-switches frequently and fluidly, from language to language, accent to accent, from urbane art diva to nature girl. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "'Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami' delivers textured profile of music/fashion icon," 19 Apr. 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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