is pronounced ah-EE-dah. It is of Arabic/Persian origin, and its meaning is "reward, present". Also possibly from Latin meaning "distinguished; helpful". More likely though a name created for the Ethiopian princess in Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aïda.
Today's meaning however means an extremely intelligent female with the perfectly endless eyes and flowing hair of a goddess. Usually considered "beautiful" or "mad sexy" by the masses, she is an all around keeper.
"You know that skirt over thur?"
"Not really, she's in my Honors Algebra 2 class though.
Because of her I don't know how in the hell to do matrices."