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  1. Princess of WalesLady Diana Spencer, 1961–97, former wife of Charles, Prince of Wales.
  2. an ancient Roman deity, virgin goddess of the moon and of hunting, and protector of women, identified by the Romans with the Greek Artemis.
  3. the moon personified as a goddess.
  4. Also Di·ane [dahy-an] /daɪˈæn/. a female given name.
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  • Diana had sped an arrow from her bow that is like the crescent moon.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

  • Diana ran from her tree to a cave so that she could not be found.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • It is about Apollo's and Diana's mother this story is to be.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • Diana's quick eyes, however, noted the movement, though she said nothing just then.

  • "Yes Diana, I know I am," fell from his lips, and immediately he regretted the words.

British Dictionary definitions for diana


  1. the virginal Roman goddess of the hunt and the moonGreek counterpart: Artemis
  2. title Diana, Princess of Wales, original name Lady Diana Frances Spencer . 1961–97, she married Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981; they were divorced in 1996: died in a car crash
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Word Origin and History for diana


c.1200, ancient Italian goddess of the moon, patroness of virginity and hunting, later identified with Greek Artemis, and through her with eastern goddesses such as Diana of Ephesus. The name is earlier Diviana, from *diw-yo-, from PIE root *dyeu- "to shine" (see Zeus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

diana in Culture


The Roman name of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and the moon.

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