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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Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,’ Adele, Taylor Swift and being a diva. Christopher John Farley, WSJ, "In the Court of the Queen," 16 Aug. 2018 Anne, of course, was bright and lively, difficult and demanding – a young diva who made friends and enemies with equal ease. Karen Bartlett, Newsweek, "Bringing Anne Frank Home - to Germany," 5 Feb. 2015 Thanks to reigning pop diva Ariana Grande, pants are officially off the menu. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Super-Hot Outfits Perfect for Your Next Concert," 28 Dec. 2018 Without our irrepressible divas, we’d be stuck with a bunch of preening clowns in megalithic ten-gallon hats who grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "We Can All Be Thankful America Doesn’t Have Putin," 24 Nov. 2018 Few music genres are as self-explanatory as bounce, and New Orleans diva Big Freedia is the queen of it all. Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "Dead & Company and Imagine Dragons shows among top things to do in Indianapolis this June," 30 May 2018 There, the decadent diva in her requires NARS matte lipsticks—in red, bright pink, nude—and a melange of Milk Makeup’s high-pigmented shadows. Akili King, Vogue, "This Rising Disco Queen’s Beauty Motto Is “the Bigger the Hair, the Better”," 10 Nov. 2018 The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honor of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first. Elizabeth Logan, Allure, "Serena Williams Goes Topless to Sing "I Touch Myself" for Breast Cancer Awareness," 1 Oct. 2018 Now, pop diva, Oscar winner and fashion icon Cher gets the theatrical treatment. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The Best Things to Do in New York This Fall," 6 Sep. 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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