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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.
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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, typically a woman, who is temperamental and difficult to please: she is much more the dedicated maverick than the petulant diva
More example sentences
  • We all know celebs can be divas at the best of times.
  • Whatever the press says about him being a diva, he's not.
  • She looks lovely, just a shame she is let down by her terrible attitude and diva-like behaviour onset.

Origin

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

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