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(italics) an opera (1871) by Giuseppe Verdi.
a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aida

Contemporary Examples of aida

Historical Examples of aida

  • 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

aida in Culture



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. Aida flees but rejoins Radames to die with him.


Aida is a particularly spectacular opera, with lavish sets, costumes, and extras — actors who have no singing parts.
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