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or Aïda

[ah-ee-duh] /ɑˈi də/
(italics) an opera (1871) by Giuseppe Verdi.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She would tell him that he really had not the right to ask her to meet such women as Aida and Alice.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • They needed the Bach to take away the bad taste that Aida had left in their mouths.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • Upon hearing this name Aida exclaims to herself, "My father!"

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • While he is lost in thoughts of Aida, the Princess Amneris enters.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • And if she shrugged her shoulders at Aida for being too old, Christine did the same at Alice for being too young.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • Aida closes the scene with the same prayer to Heaven "Pieta!"

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
Aida in Culture
Aïda [(eye-ee-duh)]

An opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The title character is an Ethiopian princess who loves an Egyptian warrior, Radames. He accidentally reveals Egyptian military secrets to her and is condemned to death by live burial in a tomb. Aïda flees but rejoins Radames to die with him.

Note: Aïda is a particularly spectacular opera, with lavish sets, costumes, and extras — actors who have no singing parts.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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