[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. dairying,
  2. dairyland,
  3. dairymaid,
  4. dairyman,
  5. dairywoman,
  6. daishiki,
  7. daisy,
  8. daisy bush,
  9. daisy chain,
  10. daisy cutter

Origin of dais

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

Can be confuseddais daisy days

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Examples from the Web for daises

  • Your poor wife,—down with the daises; I know all, and she shall hear too.

    The Claverings|Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for daises


/ (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 daises



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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