Definition of diva in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiːvə/


1A celebrated female opera singer.
Example sentences
  • Baker, not ordinarily thought of as a dramatic singer, shows most opera divas how to act with the voice.
  • The opera diva could accent a single word, like ‘ma’ in Rosina's aria in The Barber of Seville.
  • One of Cuba's most celebrated divas will stop off in Cork and Dublin next weekend.
1.1A famous female singer of popular music: a pop diva
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  • It's the kind of powerful voice which is more often found on gospel singers than on pop divas, but MacLean makes the transition well.
  • She had already become one of the most famous pop divas in the world, because of the Supremes.
  • The legendary soul diva of divas makes a welcome return date to Fairfield Concert Hall.
1.2A self-important person who is temperamental and difficult to please (typically used of a woman): she is much more the dedicated maverick than the petulant diva
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  • She is a self-centered downtown diva with a head full of attitude.
  • She never earned the reputation of being 'difficult' or a diva.
  • Sorry, Jenny, there's no space for diva behaviour here


Late 19th century: via Italian from Latin, literally 'goddess'.

Words that rhyme with diva

achiever, believer, cleaver, deceiver, Eva, fever, Geneva, griever, heaver, leaver, lever, Neva, perceiver, receiver, reiver, reliever, retriever, Shiva, underachiever, viva, weaver, weever

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