di·​va | \ ˈdē-və How to pronounce diva (audio) \
plural divas or dive\ ˈdē-​(ˌ)vā How to pronounce dive (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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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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The Rams don’t have any similar divas because of an aura of humility that permeates the building, an attitude created by the only guy to criticize anybody at the Super Bowl. Los Angeles Times, "Column: If the Patriots can break the Super Bowl curse, maybe the Rams can too," 4 Sep. 2019 The sisters’ friends respected them as ardent and remarkably knowledgeable fans of opera, with a circle of close acquaintances that included several of the world’s leading divas. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Ida and Louise Cook, Two Unusual Heroines of the Second World War," 3 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday the network unveiled the stunning roster of ladies — each handpicked by Mama Ru — going wig-to-wig for the Drag Race franchise’s first British crown, including an eclectic mix of comedy queens, lewk ladies, and diva extraordinnaires. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Meet the RuPaul's Drag Race UK queens, from Cheryl Hole to Blu Hydrangea," 21 Aug. 2019 Most under the radar signing Tyrell Williams Tyrell Williams is serious and understated, an anti-diva at the position of wide receiver. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "What happened at Raiders’ camp — minus Antonio Brown," 20 Aug. 2019 This time around performers Dayzee Deluxx, Melissa St. John, Lupita Hollywood and Vasti Love Montana will celebrate pop music divas from the ’70s and ’80s. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Let the drag races begin: Five female impersonator performances you need in your life," 19 Aug. 2019 Nearly a year after her death, Aretha Franklin is still providing the world with drama befitting her diva status. Dan Reilly, Fortune, "How a Forensic Handwriting Expert Will Examine Aretha Franklin’s Will," 13 Aug. 2019 Fans of Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj have been calling for the two rap divas to hop on a song together all year, and now, their wishes have come true. Essence, "Megan Thee Stallion And Nicki Minaj Take Over The Airwaves With New Single, 'Hot Girl Summer'," 9 Aug. 2019 The teenager on your right is bouncing to the beat of a pop tune sung by a diva with a piercing voice. Elliott Hester, Los Angeles Times, "Biggest offender in failing to use headphones on a plane is a person named Mom," 1 Aug. 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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The first known use of diva was in 1883

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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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