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Diana

[dahy-an-uh] /daɪˈæn ə/
noun
1.
(Princess of Wales; Lady 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, Diane
[dahy-an] /daɪˈæn/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name.
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  • I was no longer "diane," the ingenue whom she patronized as well as admired.

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  • “Urge me no further, Mr. Tresler,” diane exclaimed appealingly.

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  • diane was at his side, and led him straight over to young Orr.

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  • “Father——” diane started forward in alarm, but he cut her short.

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  • The rancher sat silent for some moments after diane had finished her description.

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British Dictionary definitions for diane

Diana

/daɪˈænə/
noun
1.
the virginal Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon Greek 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 diane

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).

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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