dais

noun da·is \ ˈdā-əs , nonstandard ˈdī- \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

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

  1. the speaker took his place at the front of the dais

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

dais

noun

Definition of dais for English Language Learners

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


DAIS Defined for Kids

dais

noun da·is \ ˈdā-əs \

Definition of dais for Students

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


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