di·​va | \ ˈdē-və How to pronounce diva (audio) \
plural divas or dive\ ˈdē-​(ˌ)vā How to pronounce diva (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 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 As always, Gucci regulars like Jared Leto, Lou Doillon, and Chinese pop diva Kris Wu were present in the virtual front row. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2021 Like a diva whose strands can only touch the smoothest of fabrics and must be delicately attended to. Darian Symoné Harvin, Allure, 24 June 2021 Metropolitan opera diva and Greenspring Valley resident Rosa Ponselle adored racing and arrived at the track attired in her sables. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 15 May 2021 The pop diva loves the game of mystery and has been keeping fans on full alert with tweets teasing to the project. Kendall Trammell, CNN, 18 Feb. 2021 Her sister was still a wannabe diva with oversized Chanel sunglasses sitting above her sharp nose. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 June 2021 As Deb Vance, a Joan Rivers-type comedian with a Las Vegas residency and a QVC empire, Smart is in her element and at her best, a prickly diva with hidden depths. Kelly Lawler, USA Today, 20 May 2021 One of her betting chums was a fellow diva, Lucrezia Bori, who also sang on the Met stage. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 15 May 2021 Fortunately for the 49ers, Garoppolo is not a diva. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2021

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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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16 Jul 2021

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“Diva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diva. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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