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 The guidelines ban podium protests, such as the black-gloved fists of US Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the victory dais after the men's 200 meters at the 1968 Olympics. Steve Almasy, CNN, "International Olympic Committee tells athletes they cannot take a knee in protest but they can make comments on social media," 10 Jan. 2020 Rashod Bateman just left the dais after speaking to local media on Friday, but the Gophers’ all-Big Ten receiver had one more quick thing to say off camera and away from microphones. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Antoine Winfield Jr. delays decision on NFL, but reasons to leave abound," 20 Dec. 2019 That’s less expensive than rebuilding the dais and other wood furniture at an estimated cost of $60,000, Howard said. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park stops termites’ Thanksgiving dining at City Hall," 27 Nov. 2019 Trotter’s fellow-radicals covered the dais in cayenne pepper and laughed as league representatives tried to speak through their sneezes. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Legacy of a Radical Black Newspaperman," 18 Nov. 2019 With him on the NYSE dais were several ResMed executives — Dave Pendarvis, Tracey Chamberlain, Amy Wakeham and Rob Douglas — along with NYSE Vice President Chris Taylor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Women’s Museum of California cancels VIP speakers series," 30 Sep. 2019 But if their growing numbers in STEM fields are to translate into meaningful scientific contributions, these women need their voices to be heard — in classrooms, at meetings and on conference daises. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "In science, questions matter a lot. Men are more likely than women to ask them," 26 July 2019 The interview room is smaller and cozier than the one at the U.S. Open, and everyone can have their picture taken on the dais as if facing the press after a match. Stuart Miller, latimes.com, "Wimbledon is the ultimate pilgrimage for tennis fans and those who love tradition," 23 June 2019 Turner said the response-time issue will probably spur more conversations on the dais in the coming year about the pace and nature of development. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "Higher police response times could delay home building in Prince George’s," 25 Dec. 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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“Dais.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dais?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dais0002. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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