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diva

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiːvə
 
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Definition of diva in English:

noun

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.
  • But perhaps this could be regarded as a larger scale example of a diva bringing her own arias.
  • The opera diva could accent a single word, like ‘ma’ in Rosina's aria in The Barber of Seville.
1.1A famous female singer of popular music: a pop diva
More example sentences
  • The second category of divas is comprised of pop music's modern innovators and ‘earth mothers.’
  • 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.
1.2A woman regarded as temperamental or haughty: she is much more the dedicated maverick than the petulant, minxy diva
More example sentences
  • Richardson and Minnie Driver, as a temperamental diva, are not given enough to do.
  • Woo is a self-centered downtown diva with a head full of attitude and a body full of designer derring-do.
  • When I began singing it 35 years ago, I thought that Emilia Marty was a capricious, heartless diva.

Origin

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

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