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 The 2022 BET Awards were full of surprises on Sunday night, but perhaps none as diva-tastic as Mariah Carey. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 27 June 2022 Donna was a talented R&B backup singer in Munich, Germany when Italian producer Giorgio Moroder turned her into an International disco diva/megastar. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 20 July 2022 Going on the show and then making yourself the center of attention with an abundance of fussing and feuding, screaming and yelling, drinking and diva-ing makes zero sense. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 According to the local lore, government cabinet meetings used to take place on a houseboat owned by Mounira al-Mahdia, a celebrated 1920s diva. New York Times, 29 June 2022 According to local lore, government Cabinet meetings used to take place on a houseboat owned by Mounira al-Mahdia, a celebrated 1920s diva. Vivian Yee, BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2022 This is listed as a house/diva-house/house-pop song on Wikipedia. Kris Holt, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Johnson went for a more casual look compared to Lopez's diva fringe white coat, skirt, and sweater ensemble. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 5 May 2022 The world knew Reigndrop Lopes’ older sister as Left Eye, TLC’s forward-thinking rap diva who died in a car accident on April 25, 2002. Brooklyn White, Essence, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Diva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diva. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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