[ dey-is, dahy-, deys ]
/ ˈdeɪ ɪs, ˈdaɪ-, deɪs /
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a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.
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Origin of dais
1225–75; Middle English deis<Anglo-French (Old French dois) <Latin discus quoit; see discus
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How to use dais in a sentence
Your poor wife,—down with the daises; I know all, and she shall hear too.The Claverings|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for dais
/ (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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