da·​is | \ ˈdā-əs How to pronounce dais (audio) , nonstandard ˈdī- How to pronounce dais (audio) \

Definition of dais

: a raised platform (as in a hall or large room) Mounting the dais which had been set up for his use, he swirled the sinister cloak about him and sat down in the Abbot's chair.— Brian Jacques

Examples of dais in a Sentence

the speaker took his place at the front of the dais
Recent Examples on the Web After introducing the people on the dais, IURC member Carol Sparks Drake announced a 10-minute recess to the proceedings in the hopes that maybe people were just running late. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, 13 Jan. 2022 Interim Precinct 3 Commissioner Marialyn Barnard, seated on the dais after being appointed by Wolff last week, requested a staff update on the security of the county’s downtown election headquarters at the commissioners’ Jan. 25 or Feb. 8 meeting. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Jan. 2022 Former Red Sox standouts Ortiz, Clemens, Schilling, and Manny Ramirez could all wind up on the dais, although Ramirez would need an enormous last-minute influx to win a berth in his sixth try. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 National City has not opened its Council Chambers to the public, nor have council members congregated at the dais since the pandemic first paused in-person gatherings. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2021 Her Majesty is welcoming the President and the First Lady at the dais in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle. Natasha Bertrand, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 The meeting will take place this Sunday at Windsor Castle, with the queen first greeting Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the dais in the castle's quadrangle, according to a royal spokesperson. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Inside the chamber, news photographers that Pelosi, D-Calif., had allowed in to capture the historic electoral vote at the dais instead turned around and trained their cameras toward the doors in the back of the chamber. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2021 As for the basics, council noted that of the six members who will be on the dais with Seren in January, three are Black and three are white. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 7 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of dais

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dais

Middle English deis, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin discus high table, from Latin, dish, quoit — more at dish

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“Dais.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dais. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of dais

: a raised platform in a large room or hall that people stand on when performing or speaking to an audience


da·​is | \ ˈdā-əs How to pronounce dais (audio) \

Kids Definition of dais

: a raised platform (as in a hall or large room) The guest speaker stood on the dais.

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