Definition of dais in English:


Pronunciation /deɪs//ˈdeɪɪs/


  • A low platform for a lectern or throne.

    • ‘Were they not inhibited Anglo-Saxons and had he been in their midst rather than standing on a raised dais, they would have assuredly hugged him.’
    • ‘Sniggering was heard from the other knights standing by the throne dais.’
    • ‘He had been standing between the throne dais and the baron's chair.’
    • ‘The king sat upon a dais and Lione stood before him and told the story of the crimes the Brotherhood had committed.’
    • ‘She glanced at CJ standing up on the dais and then back down to the boy running toward her from the bottom of the steps.’
    • ‘Behind the two ancient thrones and their dais, there was a tapestry on the wall.’
    • ‘There was a fitting moment when Ryan called the team Captain, Steven Price, to the presentation dais to receive the trophy with him.’
    • ‘She stood on the dais and placed her hands on the waist high posts.’
    • ‘The pontiff spoke from a dais overlooking throngs who cheered ‘You are home’ after he was raised to the altar by a lift.’
    • ‘From the dais, each name and age is called out over the loudspeaker.’
    • ‘Mills, at 18 the baby of the team, dissolved into tears on the medal dais even before the Australian flag was raised.’
    • ‘The four-poster bed, not against the wall, was raised on a dais.’
    • ‘Martin stood on the dais where the lectern usually sat, a low brazier to either side.’
    • ‘He ascended the dais to receive his prize. His freedom.’
    • ‘Only when I was standing on the dais did I feel that I had the title wrapped up.’
    • ‘He wore a sparkling clean salvar kemeez, and sat on a magnificent throne raised on a mahogany dais above platform 1.’
    • ‘The gazes of all in the room followed Lamar as she ascended the steps of the dais and stood in front of the throne, facing them.’
    • ‘A handful of men are sitting cross-legged on the raised dais of the communal eating area, weapons by their side, while we take a table on the main floor.’
    • ‘James pointed over to the daises where a man and woman sat on thrones with Marlin slightly behind them.’
    • ‘Three other thrones also occupied the dais, but only one was filled.’
    platform, stage, podium, rostrum, stand, grandstand, staging, apron, soapbox, stump
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Middle English (originally denoting a raised table for distinguished guests): from Old French deis, from Latin discus ‘disc or dish’ (later ‘table’). Little used after the Middle English period, the word was revived by antiquarians in the early 19th century with the disyllabic pronunciation.