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A diva (, ) is a celebrated female singer. The term is used to describe 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'' (Italian ''divo''), a male deity.
The male ''divo'' does exist in Italian and it is usually reserved for the most prominent leading tenors, like Enrico Caruso or Beniamino Gigli. The Italian term ''divismo'' describes the Star system.
An extravagant admiration for divas is a common element of camp culture.