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A man of great wealth.

[Middle English, from Latin dīves, wealthy; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Bible) a rich man in the parable in Luke 16:19–31
2. a very rich man


(ˈdaɪ viz)

1. the rich man of the parable in Luke 16:19–31.
2. any rich man.
[< Latin dīves rich, rich man]
References in classic literature ?
the familiar house of which the lights used to shine so cheerfully at seven o'clock, of which the hall-doors opened so readily, of which the obsequious servants, as you passed up the comfortable stair, sounded your name from landing to landing, until it reached the apartment where jolly old Dives welcomed his friends
O Dives, who would ever have thought, as we sat round the broad table sparkling with plate and spotless linen, to have seen such a dish at the head of it as that roaring auctioneer?
Yet Dives himself, he too lives like a Czar in an ice palace made of frozen sighs, and being a president of a temperance society, he only drinks the tepid tears of orphans.
If he and his team chanced to be in the rear he preserved a demeanor of serenity, crossing his legs and bursting forth into yells when foot passengers took dangerous dives beneath the noses of his champing horses.
He sat aloft and denounced their frantic leaps, plunges, dives and straddles.
I have seen her dive from the bridge deck--no mean feat in itself--into that six-feet of water, and fetch up no less than forty-seven coins, scattered willy-nilly over the whole bottom of the tank.
You know Colombo, and how the native boys dive for coins in the shark-infested bay.
We can run out of the Shark's mouth and dive into the sea.
The two fugitives were just about to dive into the sea when the Shark sneezed very suddenly and, as he sneezed, he gave Pinocchio and Geppetto such a jolt that they found themselves thrown on their backs and dashed once more and very unceremoniously into the stomach of the monster.
Some station themselves on this side of the pond, some on that, for the poor bird cannot be omnipresent; if he dive here he must come up there.
And every once in a while, when the top of her head got too hot, she would dive under the ship and come up on the other side.
He knew that just as readily as the other would he dive among ground-sharks to save a life, but in that fact he could find no sanction for the foolhardy act of diving among sharks for the half of a fish.