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prima donna, diva(noun)
a distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic star
Any female celebrity, usually a well known singer or actress.
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.
Origin: From diva' “diva, goddess”, from diva “goddess”, female of divus “divine, divine one; notably a deified mortal”.
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. 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. The basic sense of the term is goddess, the feminine of the Latin word divus, someone deified after death, or Latin deus, a god. The word is cognate with the Hindu term Devi meaning goddess which in turn originates from the ancient Sanskrit language, one of the earliest Indo-European languages; the word is also cognate with the Avestan term denoting the Zoroastrian concept of the Daevas and with the Lithuanian word deivė, meaning a female deity. The male form divo exists in Italian and is usually reserved for the most prominent leading tenors, like Enrico Caruso and Beniamino Gigli. The Italian term divismo describes the star-making system in the film industry. In contemporary Italian, diva and divo simply denote much-admired celebrities, especially film actresses and actors, and can be translated as " star".
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