[ 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
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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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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.

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