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Aida

or Aïda

[ah-ee-duh] /ɑˈi də/
noun
1.
(italics) an opera (1871) by Giuseppe Verdi.
2.
a female given name.
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  • The ballet in Aida lasts only five minutes, and for those five minutes they had come.

  • They needed the Bach to take away the bad taste that Aida had left in their mouths.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • They want 'Faust' and 'Aida,' and they think 'Tannhuser' is the very last in music.

    Cape of Storms Percival Pollard
  • In “Aida,” his last work, the world remarked a striking change.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris
  • While he is lost in thoughts of Aida, the Princess Amneris enters.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • This Aida is beautiful, and Rhadames can scarce conceal the joy of her presence.

    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.
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