- a distinguished female singer; prima donna.
Origin of diva
1880–85; < Italian < Latin dīva, feminine of dīvus god; cf. divine
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Examples from the Web for diva
People scream, the orchestra stops playing, and the stage manager whisks the diva into the wings.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
“She not only won the biggest singing competition in the world, her song “Diva” became a trans anthem,” said Kallai.
Grande, who like Cyrus is 21, had been called a diva and was upset about it.
The problem is Grande has now painted herself into a bit of a nice-girl corner, which is a place no diva ever wants to be.
Yet the biggest change might be the curious disappearance of the diva, a type of singer who reigned supreme during the 1990s.Mariah Carey Is the Last of the Traditional Divas
May 29, 2014
"Well—and—" asked Salvani, breathlessly, as the diva paused.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
In his dull way he had learned that to pull the diva, one must agree with her.
“I shall give you her address,” interrupted the diva, hastily.
Diva rapidly recollected that the perfidious Elizabeth was among them.
“You knew I was meaning to make a frock with chintz roses on it,” said Diva.
- a highly distinguished female singer; prima donna
C19: via Italian from Latin: a goddess, from dīvus divine
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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