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dais

[dey-is, dahy-, deys] /ˈdeɪ ɪs, ˈdaɪ-, deɪs/
noun
1.
a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English deis < Anglo-French (Old French dois) < Latin discus quoit; see discus
Can be confused
dais, daisy, days.
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  • From the galleries the low red-gray marble dais was plain and unimposing, apparently without decoration.
  • The serving of bread and wine was limited to the dais and tables one to five.
  • They stood on the dais and in the clubhouse and on the field, and each time they offered guarded compliments.
  • He didn't look my way, but proceeded back up to the dais.
  • The dais of our annual spring luncheon will feel barren without her.
  • The piano downstairs is raised on a dais, lid permanently up, but it doesn't get played much.
  • The four guys up on the dais looked uniformly stumped.
  • Through the vestibule is the fellowship hall, a large room with a curved dais at the far end.
  • Let me begin by adding my voice to the chorus of those on this dais offering thanks to our staff.
British Dictionary definitions for dais

dais

/ˈdeɪɪs; deɪs/
noun
1.
a raised platform, usually at one end of a hall, used by speakers, etc
Word Origin
C13: from Old French deis, from Latin discusdiscus
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Word Origin and History for dais
n.

mid-13c., from Anglo-French deis, Old French dais "table, platform," from Latin discus "disk-shaped object," also, by medieval times, "table," from Greek diskos "quoit, disk, dish." Died out in English c.1600, preserved in Scotland, revived 19c. by antiquarians.

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Encyclopedia Article for dais

any raised platform in a room, used primarily for ceremonial purposes. Originally the term referred to a raised portion of the floor at the end of a medieval hall, where the lord of the mansion dined with his family and friends at the high table, apart from the retainers and servants. A deep-recessed bay window usually placed at one or both ends of the dais provided greater privacy for the diners than the open hall could afford. In France the word is understood as a canopy over a seat

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