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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Madonna, the pop diva and sometime actress.
▪ And Martha is the diva of details.
▪ But the diva emerges and she faces the camera crew.
▪ For battling divas, intimidation is a stock-in-trade.
▪ Frequent cancellations, no matter what the excuse, make a diva seem a dangerously risky investment.
▪ She had sailed into the studio like a diva, wearing a magenta coat and matching cap.
▪ Soulful divas wail to great effect.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Diva \Di"va\ (d[=e]"v[.a]), n.; It. pl. Dive (d[=e]"v[=a]). A prima donna.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"distinguished woman singer, prima donna," 1883, from Italian diva "goddess, fine lady," from Latin diva "goddess," fem. of divus "divine (one);" see divine (adj.).


n. 1 Any female celebrity, usually a well known singer or actress. (from the 19th c.) 2 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.

  1. n. a distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic star [syn: prima donna]

  2. [also: dive (pl)]


A diva (; ) is a celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera, and by extension in theatre, cinema and popular music. The meaning of diva is closely related to that of prima donna.

Diva (magazine)

DIVA is a leading lesbian magazine in the United Kingdom, published monthly. It was launched in March 1994 by Millivres Ltd, under the editorship of Frances Williams and is now published by Twin Media Group, which is owned by Silke Bader and Linda Riley. Silke Bader is also the publisher of Curve magazine in the USA and LOTL in Australia, and Linda Riley runs the European Diversity Awards and is the former publisher of g3 magazine in the UK.

The current editor is Jane Czyzselska, who has held the position since 2004. It includes many articles dedicated to lesbian and bisexual social issues, and candid interviews with gay icons and prominent lesbians alike. In November 2008, DIVA was published under the name "The Souvenir Issue" for the purpose of celebrating the 150th issue by including the cover pages of every issue that had been published since April 1994. DIVA has a dating website which was launched in 2013 in partnership with Rocketware Ltd.

Inspired by the Everyday Sexism Project, Diva editor Jane Czyzselska launched the Everyday Lesbophobia campaign in 2013 to document instances of lesbophobia.

Diva (disambiguation)

A diva is a celebrated female singer.

Diva may also refer to:

Diva (Odier novel)

Diva ( 1979) by Daniel Odier (writing under the pseudonym Delacorta) is a crime novel set in Paris. It was adapted into a major motion picture of the same name.

Diva (Annie Lennox album)

Diva is the debut solo album by the Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, released in 1992. The album entered the UK album chart at number 1 and has since sold over 1.2 million copies in the UK alone, being certified quadruple platinum. It was also a success in the U.S. where it was a top 30 hit and has been certified double platinum. Diva won Album of the Year at the 1993 Brit Awards, and was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards the same year.

Diva (comics)

Diva (Alessandra Fermi) is a fictional character appearing in the comic books published by Wildstorm. She is a member of StormWatch.

Diva (My Sister's Machine album)

Diva is the debut studio album by the American grunge band My Sister's Machine.

Diva (Asia TV channel)
See Diva Universal for a complete list.

Diva (formerly Diva Universal) is an Asian cable and satellite television channel owned and operated by Universal Networks International. It has been available on most subscription television cable and Satellite platforms in East Asia since 1 October 2003.

Diva (After School song)

"Diva" is an electro dance song by South Korean girl group After School. The song was released on 9 April 2009 as a digital single and later added on the group's second single album Because of You The song is the first release including Uee and last release including Soyoung, who withdrew from the group to become an actress.

A Japanese version of the song was released on 23 November 2011, serving as the group's second Japanese single. An original Japanese song "Ready to Love" was released with the single.

Diva (Japanese band)

Diva (stylized as "DiVA" or later "DIVA") were a sub-unit of the all-female Japanese pop group AKB48. Formed in 2011, the group disbanded in 2014. The name was stylized as DIVA for their final releases.

Diva (Cir.Cuz song)

"Diva" is a song by Norwegian Hip-Hop, Rap duo Cir.Cuz from their debut studio album Alt I Sin Tid. It was released on 17 October 2011 as a digital download in Norway. The song has peaked to number 20 on the Norwegian Singles Chart.

Diva (TV channel)

Diva, formerly Diva Universal is a woman-based entertainment channel owned by Universal Networks International.

The list of Diva Universal channels includes:

  • Diva (Asia TV channel)
  • Diva Universal (Philippines) defunct
  • Diva Universal (Bulgaria) defunct
  • Diva Universal (Italy) defunct
  • Diva Universal (Romania)
  • Diva Universal (Russia) defunct
Diva (Dana International song)

"Diva" ( Hebrew script: דיווה) was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 performed in Hebrew by Dana International representing Israel. The music was composed by Svika Pick, and the lyrics written by Yoav Ginai. It totalled 172 points in the polling.

The song became the last entry entirely in a language other than English to win the Contest until 2007. The interval act and Dana's reprise was the last time live music from an orchestra was used in the Contest, as the 1999 Contest lacked the necessary budget and was held in a venue not large enough to hold one.

The selection of Dana International's song caused so much controversy amongst conservative groups in Israel that on her arrival in Britain, police escorts and security were required continuously. The performance consisted of Dana International wearing a silver dress, backed by four other female singers wearing black. It involved no dancing.

The song was the eighth entry performed on the night, following Poland's Sixteen with " To takie proste" and preceding Germany's Guildo Horn with " Guildo hat euch lieb!". At the close of voting, it had received 172 points, placing 1st in a field of 25. This was Israel's third Contest victory and, as they had not entered the previous year's Contest, they achieved the unusual distinction of having won a Contest the year after not competing.

After winning the contest, Dana International caused a stir by arriving to the presentation late after a long delay in changing into an extravagant costume designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier adorned with bird feathers before performing the reprise.

The song was chosen in an internet poll conducted by the European Broadcasting Union in 2005 as one of the 14 most popular songs in the history of the Eurovision, and was one of the entrants in the Congratulations 50th anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, held in October 2005. It was re-enacted by Dana International along with six dancers equipped with giant feathered fans and a live orchestra as the original footage was shown in the background. Diva came 13th in the final voting.

The song was succeeded in 1999 as Contest winner by Charlotte Nilsson, performing " Take Me to Your Heaven" for Sweden. It was succeeded as Israeli representative at the 1999 Contest by Eden with " Yom Huledet (Happy Birthday)".

Diva (car manufacturer)

Diva was a British manufacturer of sports cars from 1961 to 1966. It was a subsidiary of the Tunex Conversions Co set up by Don Sim in Camberwell, London, but in 1966 Diva Cars Limited became its registered name. In 1967, after car production ceased, the name changed again to Skodek Engineering.

The first Diva was intended to demonstrate Tunex's technology and had a body built by Heron Plastics and was a development of their 750 model. The car was raced successfully and another was built with larger windscreen and called the B-Type. Demand grew from enthusiasts for more of them so a "production" version of the GT was developed.

The 1963 Diva GT or C-Type had a fibreglass body and spaceframe chassis and could be built with a range of Ford engines ranging from 998 to 1650 cc. Suspension was independent all round and disc brakes were fitted at the front. The car was designed for track use only. Thirteen were built, but one only was registered for the road: the Diva GT C Type registered ACD 305B. This car won Best Car at the Southern Kit Car Meeting held at Hindhead on 17 September 1978 for its owner Steve Pethybridge. The car is currently in Germany.

The 1965 D-Type had a longer nose and headlights so road use was possible. Fifty one were made.

A mid-engined Diva, the Demon, was exhibited at the 1965 Racing Car Show in London using a mid-mounted Hillman Imp engine. This was changed later in the year for a Ford 1500 cc unit and the car was launched as the Valkyr. Six were made including the prototype.

The only car designed specifically for road rather than racing was the 10F, a version of the GT which used thicker fibreglass bodywork and a flexibly mounted engine. As some road going GTs were also called 10Fs the actual number made in uncertain but would seem to be less than ten.

Production of cars had stopped by 1967 when the rights to the model were sold to a new owner.

Diva (Jelena Karleuša album)

Diva is the tenth studio album by Serbian singer Jelena Karleuša. It was released on 11 June 2012 via City Records. It is the fastest album on the Balkans to be certified gold: selling 200.000 copies during the first 24 hours.

Diva (Glee)

"Diva" is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the seventy-ninth episode overall. Written by co-creator Brad Falchuk and directed by Paris Barclay, it aired on Fox in the United States on February 7, 2013. Paris Barclay was nominated at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for this episode.

Diva (South Korean band)

Diva was a popular three-member Hip-Hop girl group in South Korea that debuted in 1997 and disbanded in 2005. They were primarily created and produced by Roo'ra member Chae Ri-na but left the group in 1999. Their debut album Funky Diva was popular in South Korea due to its newly created style for girl groups debuting in Korea.

Diva (Marcia Hines album)

"Diva" is a compilation album by Australian singer-song writer, Marcia Hines released on 8 October 2001 through Warner Music Australia.

The album contains the track, "Rise", an official song for the Australian team at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The album shares the same name as Hines' fully authorised biography written by Karen Dewey and released in September 2001.

Diva (José de Alencar novel)

Diva is a novel written by the Brazilian writer José de Alencar. It was first published in 1864.

Emilia is a rich and cultured girl that, with a hint of cruelty, enjoys the courtship of young men, but makes them suffer for that. In this love story between Augusto and the divine - but fatal - Emilia, portrays the world of conventions and human relationships based on convenience.

There is strong evidence that the society girl Francisca Vale Calmon Nogueira da Gama was the model for Emilia, the almost-unattainable diva in Jose Alencar's third work of fiction. He courted the girl, but being rejected during a waltz, left the halls to never bespeak Francisca again. She ended up travelling to Europe and marrying a nobleman. As a result, in 1864, it came to light another of his reflections on the female personality. And, in the novel, Alencar immortalized his lost love's black eyes. Emilia is a rich girl, well-educated and aware of her seducing powers. Likes to win the boys and then reject them. Augustus, the narrator, is one of them. Exchanges of love, little insults and long letters make for a delicious plot, full of observations about the psychology of women that are still valid.

Diva (Ivy Queen album)

Diva is the third studio album by Puerto Rican reggaetón recording artist Ivy Queen. It was released on August 23, 2003 and independently distributed by Real Music Group after being dropped from Sony Discos. The recording followed her two previous studio albums which were commercially unsuccessful and a hiatus from her musical career beginning in 1999. It featured collaborations with Latin hip hop artists including Mexicano 777, Bimbo and K-7 while the album's production was handled by a variety of musical producers; Luny Tunes, DJ Nelson, Noriega, and Iván Joy were enlisted, while DJ Adam produced a majority of the tracks. Lyrically, the album explored female empowerment, infidelity, heartbreak and love with "a veritable compendium of her artistic passion, femininity, and culture". The musical styles of the recording alternate between reggaetón and hip-hop while Queen experiments with R&B and pop balladry.

Diva spawned a total of seven singles: " Quiero Bailar", " Quiero Saber", " Papi Te Quiero", " Guillaera", " Tuya Soy", " Tu No Puedes", and " Súbelo", which were released over the course of three years. "Quiero Bailar" became a commercial success and her first big hit in the United States and Puerto Rico, while the other six singles failed to acquire chart success on national charts. Highly anticipated and acclaimed, Diva peaked at number twenty-four on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, number eight on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart for the South Atlantic area, number four on the Billboard Reggae Albums and number one on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart. It became the eighth best-selling Tropical Album of 2004, while the recording helped Queen to become the eighth best-selling Tropical Artist of that year. The album was recognized as a "door-opener" for reggaetón's mainstream exposure in 2004.

Diva (Beyoncé song)

"Diva" is a song by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé. The song was written and produced by Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford, Sean Garrett, and Beyoncé herself for her third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008). It was released as the album's third overall single in the United States alongside the third international single " Halo". "Diva" is an R&B song, which is set in a hip hop groove, and carries a stuttering beat. Its lyrics deliver messages of independence and female empowerment. The song boasts a beat and a bassline similar to those of another Bangladesh 2008 production, " A Milli" by American rapper, Lil Wayne; critics coined "Diva" as a "female companion" to the latter.

"Diva" received mixed to positive reviews from critics, who had polarized opinions concerning its affiliation with "A Milli". Despite being released to rhythmic and urban radios only in the US, the song peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, topped the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, and attained a high point of number three on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Diva" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipment of 500,000 copies. Although it was only officially released in the US, the song appeared on the singles charts in Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

The accompanying music video for "Diva" was directed by Melina Matsoukas. It shows the singer and backup dancers in a warehouse, and presents a choreography similar to that of her previous single " Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (2008). Beyoncé also appears in different Thierry Mugler couture pieces. The video received mixed response from critics, who were not pleased by its concept as they believed it portrayed Beyoncé's alter ego Sasha Fierce ineffectively. It was ranked at number 13 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown. Although Beyoncé did not perform the song in any televised appearances, it was a part of her set list on the I Am... World Tour (2009–10) and her revue show, Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live (2012).

Diva (2010 TV series)

Diva is a Philippine musical comedy-drama television series, developed by Don Michael Perez and directed by Dominic Zapata. The series premiered on March 1, 2010 on GMA Network replacing Darna, starring Regine Velasquez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Mark Anthony Fernandez, TJ Trinidad and Glaiza de Castro until it ended on July 30, 2010.

It has several cameos from Ogie Alcasid, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.

It is aired internationally, with a two-day delay on GMA Pinoy TV in which the show premiered on March 3, 2010.

Diva (1981 film)

Diva is a 1981 French thriller film directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, adapted from the novel Diva by Daniel Odier (under the pseudonym Delacorta). It is one of the first French films to let go of the realist mood of 1970s French cinema and return to a colourful, melodic style, later described as cinéma du look.

The film made a successful debut in France in 1981 with 2,281,569 admissions, and had success in the US the next year grossing $2,678,103. The film became a cult classic and was internationally acclaimed.

Diva (2007 film)

Diva is a 2007 Malaysian film that was jointly produced by Nusantara Films, a subsidiary of Astro Shaw, and the independent film production house Tarantella Pictures. It was directed by Sharad Sharan, an Indian citizen working in Indonesia, and with music composed by Mithoon Sharma, an Indian citizen. Diva had a cast composed of Indonesians and Malaysians. The film was produced at a cost of 3.5 million rupiahs. It had a simultaneous release scheduled for June 2007 in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. The screening was scheduled to begin on 28 June of that year.

The musical is about Kartika, an Indonesian singer. After returning from travelling abroad, Kartika seeks to develop the skills of four young people but they instead sign up for a record label competing against her label.

The film soundtrack CD, the first musical collaboration between India and Malaysia, was released on 15 March 2007 in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Mithoon, a 21-year-old, composed five of the songs. Loloq wrote the lyrics.

Usage examples of "diva".

They were a carny crowd waiting for the aerialist to take his dive, and kill himself.

Pain, loss of blood and bouts of unconsciousness started to affect the pilot, but the Stirling was kept flying, with the help first of the navigator and then of the bomb aimer, who had himself been stunned in the dive.

It was agreed that Gray would keep his Wildcats high to preserve the altitude advantage he needed against the agile Zeros, and, at the same time, provide protection for the dive bombers.

In the bright new feminized Hollywood, the female divas are Britney Spears, Madonna, Pamela Anderson, Elizabeth Hurley, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jenny McCarthy.

Was fashion diva Rae Lambers outside again in her dowdy nightwear doing midnight repair work?

Diva Rosaline, a dark-haired goddess with a bad temper and a penchant for too much rouge, entered the top of the greeting area stairs.

Once, Lily had gotten stuck when Diva Rosaline and some suitor decided to have a midnight tryst.

A dwarf choreographer and an aging diva and a little boy with a wooden horse named Bloody Hell and a beautiful, bad-tempered, achingly tender ballerina who made love as though she were both dancing and fighting for her life.

The lady is Madame Ellie Morte, diva and diseuse extraordinaire, who has performed before some of the greatest barons in all Deathlands.

Talk show diva Oprah Winfrey tells an enlightening story about going to a hypnotist for weight loss.

She would live her dream of singing on the stage, in Italy, where Opera divas rivaled rock stars in popularity.

In the bright new feminized Hollywood, the female divas are Britney Spears, Madonna, Pamela Anderson, Elizabeth Hurley, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jenny McCarthy.

I was just glad that my own personal goalkeeping the Diva warm, dry, and fedfor once coincided with her own.


Collis, so that she could talk him into replacing Alanna with herself as his diva.