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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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British Dictionary definitions for daises

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 daises

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 daises

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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