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[dey-is, dahy-, deys] /ˈdeɪ ɪs, ˈdaɪ-, deɪs/
a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.
Origin of dais
1225-75; Middle English deis < Anglo-French (Old French dois) < Latin discus quoit; see discus
Can be confused
dais, daisy, days. Unabridged
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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


/ˈdeɪɪs; deɪs/
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

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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