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

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Wimbledon tradition dictates that each player has a host member who acts as a point person and accompanies him or her to the dais. Stuart Miller, latimes.com, "Wimbledon is the ultimate pilgrimage for tennis fans and those who love tradition," 23 June 2019 The toy mogul Isaac Larian strode to the dais during his industry’s premier event, the Toy Association’s Toy of the Year Awards ceremony in February, to claim the top prize—and to take a swipe at a nemesis. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Toy Mogul Isaac Larian Plays for Keeps," 7 June 2019 The candidates are debating in groups of 10 each night, and Warren is the only one in the top five on the dais tonight. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Axelrod talks strategy as Democratic presidential hopefuls begin two nights of debates," 26 June 2019 In addition, the subcommittee hearing had been held in the full committee's hearing room, increasing the number of empty chairs on the dais. NBC News, "Mitch McConnell isn't sure why Jon Stewart is 'all bent out of shape' over 9/11 funds," 17 June 2019 And everybody on the other side of this dais knows that that’s not going to happen. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 Both parents watched with pride as their daughter, wearing her Army dress uniform talked and exchanged gifts with the mayor in front of the council dais. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace leaders honor hometown National Guard soldier," 9 July 2018 Two Secret Service members, wearing dark suits, stood solemnly on either side of the dais — a final watch over former first lady Barbara Bush. Emily Foxhall, Houston Chronicle, "Thousands pay respects to Barbara Bush at public visitation," 20 Apr. 2018 Hasina narrowly escaped the attack, having been whisked by party members to a waiting car from a makeshift dais in front of the Awami League headquarters in Dhaka, near where at least 13 grenades detonated. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Bangladesh sentences 19 to death for political rally attack," 10 Oct. 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


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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