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Diana

[dahy-an-uh]
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noun
  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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  • I was no longer "Diane," the ingenue whom she patronized as well as admired.

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

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

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

    The Night Riders

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

    The Night Riders

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

    The Night Riders

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British Dictionary definitions for diane

Diana

noun
  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 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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diane in Culture

Diana

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

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