Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An operatic prima donna.
  • noun A very successful singer of nonoperatic music.
  • noun Slang One who demands that attention be paid to his or her needs, especially without regard to anyone else's needs or feelings.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A prima donna; a distinguished female singer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A prima donna.

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  • noun A person who may be considered or who considers herself (or by extension himself) much more important than others, has high expectations of others and who is extremely demanding and fussy when it comes to personal privileges.

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

  • noun a distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic star

Etymologies

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

[Italian, from Latin dīva, goddess, feminine of dīvus, god; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Italian diva' “diva, goddess”, from Latin diva “goddess”, female of divus “divine, divine one; notably a deified mortal”.

Examples

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  • Avid in reverse.

    July 22, 2007

  • I hate when people refer to themselves as a "diva" especially when they haven't even been to the opera.

    April 2, 2009

  • I hate when people refer to themselves as "diva" even when they HAVE been to the opera.

    And another thing, those shirts for tweens that say "princess" or "sexy" on them in studded letters (you know the ones) might as well say "punch me in the face" because that's the action I have to resist taking when I see them.

    April 2, 2009