[ dey-is, dahy-, deys ]
/ ˈdeɪ ɪs, ˈdaɪ-, deɪs /


a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.

Origin of dais

1225–75; Middle English deis < Anglo-French (Old French dois) < Latin discus quoit; see discus

Can be confused

dais daisy days
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/ (ˈdeɪɪs, deɪs) /


a raised platform, usually at one end of a hall, used by speakers, etc

Word Origin for dais

C13: from Old French deis, from Latin discus discus
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