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

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Examples of dais in a Sentence

the speaker took his place at the front of the dais
Recent Examples on the Web Seated on the same dais, Mr. Pichai never spoke at the event. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Meet the Lawyer Trying to Keep Google From Being Broken Up," 19 Dec. 2020 Though members still were seated in close proximity to one another, Bonnen pointed to plexiglass dividers installed on the dais of the House Appropriations Committee’s meeting room. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas’ financial picture brightens, though lawmakers warned they’ll face tough budget in 2021," 30 Nov. 2020 Cooper was acquitted in November 2019 and returned to the dais to serve the remainder of her term as mayor, forcing Adams to give up the seat. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Hallandale Beach picks Joy Cooper and Michele Lazarow; one commission race heading to recount," 3 Nov. 2020 Instead of speeches and photos on the dais, the nine lawmakers met remotely over Zoom to choose outgoing vice president Tom Hucker (D-District 5) as president, succeeding Sidney Katz (D-District 3). Washington Post, "Tom Hucker elected president of Montgomery County Council," 1 Dec. 2020 After the vote, Tomassoni, wearing an upside-down face shield, walked up to the dais to assume his new role. Torey Van Oot, Star Tribune, "Speculation about Sen. Amy Klobuchar prompts political chess at Minnesota Legislature," 12 Nov. 2020 The widows of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King, can be seen chatting on the dais. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "Fall Films to Stream," 5 Nov. 2020 The architect of the Capitol constructed a second full dais to allow for social distancing, so senators would not have to sit in close proximity, the aide said. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Here's what to expect at Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings and who to watch for," 12 Oct. 2020 One year in, it hasn’t yet been reflected on the dais. Marc Zimmer, The Conversation, "Nobel Prizes have a diversity problem even worse than the scientific fields they honor," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of dais was in the 13th century

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dais.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dais. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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