[dey-is, dahy-, deys]
a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.

1225–75; Middle English deis < Anglo-French (Old French dois) < Latin discus quoit; see discus

dais, daisy, days.
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dais (ˈdeɪɪs, deɪs)
a raised platform, usually at one end of a hall, used by speakers, etc
[C13: from Old French deis, from Latin discusdiscus]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from Anglo-Fr. deis, from O.Fr. dais "table, platform," from L. discus "disk-shaped object," also, by medieval times, "table," from Gk. diskos "quoit, disk, dish." Died out in Eng. c.1600, preserved in Scotland, revived 19c. by antiquarians.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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