Definition of diva in English:


Syllabification: di·va
Pronunciation: /ˈdēvə


  • 1A famous female opera singer: your average opera isn’t over till the diva trills her high notes
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    • 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
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    • 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’s such a diva that she won’t enter a restaurant until they change the pictures on the walls to her liking
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    • 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.


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

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