Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Mythology The virgin goddess of hunting and childbirth, traditionally associated with the moon and identified with the Greek Artemis.
  • Diana, Princess of Wales. Title of Lady Diana Frances Spencer. 1961-1997. British consort of Charles, Prince of Wales, from 1981 until their divorce in 1996.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The daughter of Latona and Jupiter, and twin sister of Apollo. The virgin moon goddess of the hunt, associated wild animals and the forest or wilderness, and an emblem of chastity.
  • proper n. A female given name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The daughter of Jupiter and Latona; a virgin goddess who presided over hunting, chastity, and marriage; -- identified with the Greek goddess Artemis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman mythology, an original Italian goddess dwelling in groves and about fountains, presiding over the moon, and forbidding the approach of man.
  • n. [l. c] The alchemical name of silver.
  • n. [NL.] In zoöl.:

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Roman mythology) virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; counterpart of Greek Artemis
  • n. English aristocrat who was the first wife of Prince Charles; her death in an automobile accident in Paris produced intense national mourning (1961-1997)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin Diāna.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown origin. Theories include relationships with Latin deus ("god"), Latin dies ("day") and a (reconstructed) name Divia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • DIANA WEST, WASHINGTON TIMES: Diana, you wanna weigh in here on your thoughts for this race?

    CNN Transcript Nov 24, 2007

  • TINA BROWN, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, "THE DIANA CHRONICLES": I spoke to Dodi's uncle, Hassan Yassin, who was in the hotel that night and had arranged to have a drink with Dodi and Diana.

    CNN Transcript Aug 31, 2007

  • TINA BROWN, "THE DIANA CHRONICLES": I think it was a great summer fling for Diana.

    CNN Transcript Aug 31, 2007

  • ANDREW MORTON, AUTHOR, "DIANA: HER TRUE STORY": Well, I was writing a biography of Diana, and we had a mutual friend called James Coldhurst (ph).

    CNN Transcript Mar 10, 2004

  • _Diana, Diana, Diana_, would his mind never leave her?

    Glory of Youth

  • That Coratius, a Sabine farmer, who possessed a particularly fine cow, was advised by a soothsayer to sacrifice her to Diana upon the Aventine Hill; telling him, that the city where _she_ now presided -- _Diana_ -- should become mistress of the world, and he who presented her with that cow should become master over that city.

    Observations and Reflections Made in the Course of a Journey through France, Italy, and Germany, Vol. I

  • Each package includes the new "Diana Vignettes, More True Tales & Short Stories" book which has over 200 pages of Diana history, Diana+ images as well as truly off-the-wall fictional stories.

    Image-Acquire.com

  • Britons have been swapping bets on royal foibles for decades - many gambled on the name Diana would choose for her eldest son - but recent years have seen an expansion in the scope of the bets offered by mainstream bookmakers.

    The Seattle Times

  • With your common trollops, no! But if your Diana is a lady, she will dispatch you about your business!

    The Black Moth: A Romance of the XVIII Century

  • Monday night will be great when Diana is home and we can be a family with the boys until one of us has to leave again.

    Elvis Costello: 'I've never liked the word maturity. It implies decay'

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