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[dee-vuh, -vah] /ˈdi və, -vɑ/
noun, plural divas, dive
[dee-ve] /ˈdi vɛ/ (Show IPA)
a distinguished female singer; prima donna.
Origin of diva
1880-85; < Italian < Latin dīva, feminine of dīvus god; cf. divine Unabridged
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  • She cut the cards to her sister with a hand that trembled so much that she had to do it again, and diva could scarcely deal.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • In his dull way he had learned that to pull the diva, one must agree with her.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • The climax of the performance was to be a duet, to be sung by the great Roger and a diva who was past her youth.

  • “I shall give you her address,” interrupted the diva, hastily.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • The diva came tripping out once more, the others, too--bowing, smiling--recipients of flowers.

    Half A Chance Frederic S. Isham
British Dictionary definitions for diva


noun (pl) -vas, -ve (-vɪ)
a highly distinguished female singer; prima donna
Word Origin
C19: via Italian from Latin: a goddess, from dīvusdivine
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Word Origin and History for diva

"distinguished woman singer, prima donna," 1883, from Italian diva "goddess, fine lady," from Latin diva "goddess," fem. of divus "divine (one);" see divine (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for diva



A male transvestite; esp, a homosexual cross-dresser; drag queen: Salt-N-Pepa's divas are checking out designer creations

[1990s+; fr Italian, ''goddess, lady love,'' used by the 1880s to designate a distinguished woman singer]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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