- a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.
Origin of dais
Examples from the Web for dais
A man behind him on the dais has a dust mask slung over his neck.Rudy Giuliani on His 9/11 Bluff, the Museum Controversy and the Rise of ISIS
September 11, 2014
At the center of the dais, facing the nominee, sat the committee chair, Democrat Carl Levin of Michigan.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington
J. J. Goldberg
August 20, 2013
Activities on stage got projected on giant screens flanking the dais, or on the jumbotron-like rig overhead.Livni's Call To "Divorce" Palestinians
March 13, 2013
Imagine the next time Calderon ascends the dais to make a political point.Religion And State In Ruth Calderon's Knesset Speech
February 15, 2013
He walked to the dais and delivered a beautiful speech in perfect English.Words of Wisdom: The Best of ‘Dear Abby’
January 17, 2013
All around the dais, seated on the sloping floor of the cavern, were Lakonians.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
Everybody rose to his feet as the Deemster stepped to the dais.The Manxman
With a short laugh he turned from Francesco to those upon the dais.Love-at-Arms
The throne was set on a sort of dais, with three steps in front of it.
In solemn order Templeton ascended the dais and rendered homage.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
- a raised platform, usually at one end of a hall, used by speakers, etc
Word Origin and History for dais
mid-13c., from Anglo-French deis, Old French dais "table, platform," from Latin discus "disk-shaped object," also, by medieval times, "table," from Greek diskos "quoit, disk, dish." Died out in English c.1600, preserved in Scotland, revived 19c. by antiquarians.