diva + dev
•a great female opera singer, a prima donna.
•outstanding popular female performer of non-operatic works.
•a woman of rare, outstanding talent.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: Italian, meaning “divine (feminine form),” which, in turn derives from the feminine form of a Latin word divus/diva, meaning “divine one.”
“A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.” Patti LaBelle
“The word diva to me means doing something supernatural with something natural.” Patti LuPone
“If I weren’t reasonably placid, I don’t think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, you’ve got to be absolutely like a horse.” Joan Sutherland
•the process of developing or being developed: she traces the development of the novel
•the development of less invasive treatment.
•a specified state of growth or advancement: the wings attain their full development several hours after birth.
•a new and refined product or idea : the latest developments in information technology.
“But a true diva has dismissed that drama. A true diva’s heart is open, and she’s ready to play by her own rules – rules that are gentle and kind.” Jenifer Lewis
“It’s a shame to call somebody a ‘diva’ simply because they work harder than everybody else.” Jennifer Lopez
“So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.” Patti LaBelle