[dee-vuh, -vah]

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

a distinguished female singer; prima donna.

Origin of diva

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

Historical Examples of diva

  • "Well—and—" asked Salvani, breathlessly, as the diva paused.

  • 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.

  • “I always scold Amelia for the luggage she takes with her,” said Mr. Wyse to Diva.

    Miss Mapp

    Edward Frederic Benson

  • Diva rapidly recollected that the perfidious Elizabeth was among them.

    Miss Mapp

    Edward Frederic Benson

British Dictionary definitions for diva


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

"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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