diva

[ dee-vuh, -vah ]
/ ˈdi və, -vɑ /

noun, plural di·vas, di·ve [dee-ve] /ˈdi vɛ/.

a distinguished female singer; prima donna.

Nearby words

  1. diurnal parallax,
  2. diuron,
  3. div,
  4. div.,
  5. div. in par. aeq.,
  6. divagate,
  7. divagation,
  8. divalent,
  9. divali,
  10. divalproex sodium

Origin of diva

1880–85; < Italian < Latin dīva, feminine of dīvus god; cf. divine

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British Dictionary definitions for diva

diva

/ (ˈdiːvə) /

noun plural -vas or -ve (-vɪ)

a highly distinguished female singer; prima donna

Word Origin for diva

C19: via Italian from Latin: a goddess, from dīvus divine

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Word Origin and History for diva

diva

n.

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

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