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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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  • And beside the dais was a figure between two crocodilian guards at sight of whom Randall forgot all else.

  • All around the dais, seated on the sloping floor of the cavern, were Lakonians.

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  • On the wedding day, the bride and bridegroom are seated on two planks placed on the dais.

  • Everybody rose to his feet as the Deemster stepped to the dais.

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  • At the back of this dais was a small screen and immediately in front of this, in the center, was Her Majesty's throne.

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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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