A diva (/ˈdiːvə/; Italian: [ˈdiːva]) 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.
The word entered the English language in the late 19th century. It is derived from the Italian noun diva
, a female deity. The plural
of the word in English is "divas"; in Italian, dive [ˈdiːve]
. The basic sense of the term is goddess
the feminine of the Latin word divus
), someone deified after death, or Latin deus
, a god.[3