da·​is | \ˈdā-əs, nonstandard ˈdī- \

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

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Now the only time some Justices see each other is at their weekly conference or on the dais in the ornate hearing room. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "With Justice Kennedy Gone, It's Trump's Court Now," 28 June 2018 After many of those defeats, coaches Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego, Scott Skiles and Frank Vogel would sit on the same dais in Amway Center’s NBA Interview Room and recount why their Magic teams lost yet again. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mohamed Bamba dazzles during introductory press conference," 23 June 2018 The two Democrats had clashed on the dais of Alexandria’s city council chambers for the past three years. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Justin Wilson defeats incumbent Alexandria, Va., Mayor Allison Silberberg in primary," 12 June 2018 Parents and siblings were called to the dais as each student's name was called. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson signs 4 MPS Bradley Tech students as youth apprentices," 11 July 2018 Councilman Manny Pelaez was missing from the dais during the vote, in which colleagues Shirley Gonzales and Clayton Perry voted no. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Council invites in sunshine after some argument against it," 21 June 2018 After the game, Pierce, Clemens, Shugart and Jake McKenzie dutifully marched to the media dais. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "UT eliminated from College World Series by Florida," 19 June 2018 The monarch, who recently had a successful cataract operation, watched the ceremony from a dais and inspected the guardsmen in bearskin hats and scarlet tunics. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Harry and Meghan turn out for Trooping the Color spectacle," 9 June 2018 In fact, there were three commissioners and two administrative judges sitting on the auditorium’s dais. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "California's Heavy-Handed Plan to Regulate the Self-Driving Car Biz," 24 May 2018

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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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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


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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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