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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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 During his introductory press conference at the University of Louisville, a pretty innocuous question came across now-former Chris Mack's dais. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Travis Steele's candidacy to lead Xavier basketball, and the risk of passing on him," 28 Mar. 2018 Just before the lottery began, a wooden box on the dais was shaken by a staffer one more time to ensure the 85 numbers inside were mixed well. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Coveting a Prime Office Is a Bipartisan Affair for Incoming Lawmakers," 30 Nov. 2018 First, however, Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne took the dais. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Leader of the Future: Why Sergio Marchionne Fit the Profile," 11 Aug. 2018 Suhor approached the dais and continued to recite the Lord's Prayer after Benson tried to start the meeting. Fox News, "Satanist convicted of disrupting government meeting," 9 Aug. 2018 At the Highland Park City Council meeting May 29, the dais was wrapped in orange bunting. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "'This is a public health issue': North Shore towns mark Gun Violence Awareness Day," 11 June 2018 Fisher has been on the commission dais for a total of 16 years, 11 of them as mayor. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Pompano Beach mayor's seat is up for grabs as Election Day nears," 5 June 2018 Chmura introduced the student, sitting next to him on the dais, at the start of the meeting, to loud applause from the audience. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Leigh student honored as 'Assistant Mayor for the Day' in Norridge," 4 June 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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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