< /daɪˈæn/. a female given name.


  1. the virginal Roman goddess of the hunt and the moonGreek counterpart: Artemis
  2. title Diana, Princess of Wales, original name Lady Diana Frances Spencer . 1961–97, she married Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981; they were divorced in 1996: died in a car crash

c.1200, ancient Italian goddess of the moon, patroness of virginity and hunting, later identified with Greek Artemis, and through her with eastern goddesses such as Diana of Ephesus. The name is earlier Diviana, from *diw-yo-, from PIE root *dyeu- “to shine” (see Zeus).

The Roman name of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and the moon.

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