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da·is

 (dā′ĭs, dī′-)
n.
A raised platform, as in a lecture hall, for speakers or honored guests.

[Middle English deis, from Anglo-Norman, platform, from Late Latin discus, table, from Latin, discus, quoit; see disk.]

dais

(ˈdeɪɪs; deɪs)
n
(Furniture) a raised platform, usually at one end of a hall, used by speakers, etc
[C13: from Old French deis, from Latin discus discus]

da•is

(ˈdeɪ ɪs, ˈdaɪ-, deɪs)

n.
a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.
[1225–75; Middle English deis < Anglo-French (Old French dois) < Latin discus quoit; see discus]
lectern, podium, dais, rostrum - A lectern is the stand on which the speaker's notes are placed, the podium is the platform on which the speaker and lectern stand, a dais is a platform for several people, and a rostrum is a platform for one or more.
See also related terms for platform.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dais - a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on itdais - a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
platform - a raised horizontal surface; "the speaker mounted the platform"

dais

noun platform, stage, podium, rostrum, estrade She sat on the dais along with the other guests of honour.
Translations

dais

[ˈdeɪɪs] Nestrado m

dais

[ˈdeɪɪs] nestrade f

dais

nPodium nt

dais

[ˈdeɪɪs] npedana, palco
References in classic literature ?
For about one quarter of the length of the apartment, the floor was raised by a step, and this space, which was called the dais, was occupied only by the principal members of the family, and visitors of distinction.
Across the room they saw the opening of what appeared to be a corridor and which investigation proved to be a short passageway, terminating in a chamber in the center of which was an ornate sleeping dais.
A high dais at the further end was roofed in by a broad canopy of scarlet velvet spangled with silver fleurs-de-lis, and supported at either corner by silver rods.
The beggar turned round; there was surprise, recognition, a lighting up of the two countenances, and so forth; then, without paying the slightest heed in the world to the spectators, the hosier and the wretched being began to converse in a low tone, holding each other's hands, in the meantime, while the rags of Clopin Trouillefou, spread out upon the cloth of gold of the dais, produced the effect of a caterpillar on an orange.
Nor was it long before they entered a lofty chamber at one end of which a man reclined upon a rich couch that stood upon a high dais.
Straining my eyes through the gloom, I made out a raised dais at the extreme opposite end of the hall.
The door was swung open, and the party, now reduced to Bradley and five Wieroos, was ushered across the threshold into a large, irregularly shaped room in which a single, giant Wieroo whose robe was solid blue sat upon a raised dais.
who occupied the seat of honor under the dais of the bark.
It was not long before the seats on the dais were filled, while the tenants and guests of lesser importance had occupied all the coigns of vantage not reserved.
The King and Queen dismounted from their steeds, ascended the steps of the royal box, and seated themselves upon two thrones, decked with purple and gold trapping, upon a dais sheltered by striped canvas.
Irwine to a carpet-covered dais ornamented with hot-house plants, where she and Miss Anne were to be seated with old Mr.
Brilliant cloths of many hues and strange patterns formed the soft cushion covering of the dais upon which they reclined about her.