Definition of dais in English:



  • A low platform for a lectern, seats of honor, or a throne.

    • ‘Only when I was standing on the dais did I feel that I had the title wrapped up.’
    • ‘James pointed over to the daises where a man and woman sat on thrones with Marlin slightly behind them.’
    • ‘He wore a sparkling clean salvar kemeez, and sat on a magnificent throne raised on a mahogany dais above platform 1.’
    • ‘Mills, at 18 the baby of the team, dissolved into tears on the medal dais even before the Australian flag was raised.’
    • ‘Sniggering was heard from the other knights standing by the throne dais.’
    • ‘From the dais, each name and age is called out over the loudspeaker.’
    • ‘She stood on the dais and placed her hands on the waist high posts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a fitting moment when Ryan called the team Captain, Steven Price, to the presentation dais to receive the trophy with him.’
    • ‘The four-poster bed, not against the wall, was raised on a dais.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three other thrones also occupied the dais, but only one was filled.’
    • ‘Behind the two ancient thrones and their dais, there was a tapestry on the wall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The king sat upon a dais and Lione stood before him and told the story of the crimes the Brotherhood had committed.’
    • ‘He ascended the dais to receive his prize. His freedom.’
    • ‘Martin stood on the dais where the lectern usually sat, a low brazier to either side.’
    • ‘He had been standing between the throne dais and the baron's chair.’
    • ‘The pontiff spoke from a dais overlooking throngs who cheered ‘You are home’ after he was raised to the altar by a lift.’
    platform, stage, podium, rostrum, stand, grandstand, staging, apron, soapbox, stump
    lectern, pulpit, box, dock
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Middle English (originally denoting a raised table for distinguished guests): from Old French deis, from Latin discus disk 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.