dais

noun
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 But others are less sure about who else would sit on the dais. Anchorage Daily News, "House Democrats look to take impeachment probe public as soon as mid-November," 24 Oct. 2019 But others are less sure about who else would sit on the dais. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — House Democrats are preparing to move their largely private impeachment inquiry onto a more public stage as soon as mid-November and are already grappling with how best to present the complex Ukraine saga to the American people.," 24 Oct. 2019 The phrase and the Costa Mesa seal are above the dais in the council chamber. Daily Pilot, "As follow-up to rainbow flag, Costa Mesa councilman wants to hang ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag at City Hall," 14 Sep. 2019 The phrase and the Costa Mesa seal are above the dais in the council chamber. Los Angeles Times, "After rainbow flag, Costa Mesa councilman suggests flying Blue Lives Matter flag at City Hall," 14 Sep. 2019 Amid the roiling crowd, five men crawled toward a candlelit dais, where a white-robed priest stood holding an axe. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 Emanuel Cleaver II - a United Methodist pastor and respected figure in the caucus - was up on the dais, tasked specifically by Pelosi to manage the debate. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He always doubles down’: Inside the political crisis caused by Trump’s racist tweets," 21 July 2019 Frustrations boiling over on both sides and protocol seemingly evaporating, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the lawmaker presiding over the U.S. House, stormed from the dais amid procedural arguments. Alana Abramson, Time, "Democrats Vote to Condemn Trump’s Racist Tweets. Republicans Use a Rule From 1801 to Defend Him," 17 July 2019 Rumors were swirling that a temporary ban was in the offing (200 wells could be coming to this north suburban city), but in the end, nothing materialized from the dais. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: Behind the scenes at a Colorado GOP training session with Trump supporters," 20 June 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

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“Dais.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dais. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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dais

noun
How to pronounce dais (audio) How to pronounce dais (audio)

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

dais

noun
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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