From Middle English deis, from Anglo-Norman deis, from Old French deis, dois (modern French dais), from Latin discum, accusative singular of discus (“discus, disc, quoit; dish”) (Late Latin discum (“table”)), from Ancient Greek δίσκος (dískos, “discus, disc; tray”), from δικεῖν (dikeîn, “to cast, to throw; to strike”). Cognate with Italian desco, Occitan des.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdeɪ.ɪs/, /ˈdeɪ.əs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdeɪ.ɪs/, /ˈdaɪ-/, /-əs/
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dais (plural daises)
- A raised platform in a room for a high table, a seat of honour, a throne, or other dignified occupancy; a similar platform supporting a lectern, pulpit, etc., which may be used to speak from. [from c. 1800.]
1922, Sinclair Lewis, chapter 14, in Babbitt, New York, N.Y.: Harcourt, Brace and Company, OCLC 1024921, page 177:
- Babbitt's party politely edged through them and into the whitewashed room, at the front of which was a dais with a red-plush throne and a pine altar painted watery blue, as used nightly by the Grand Masters and Supreme Potentates of innumerable lodges.
- (historical, northern Britain) A bench, a settle, a pew.
- (obsolete) An elevated table in a hall at which important people were seated; a high table. [13th–17th c.]
- (raised platform): podium
dais m (feminine daisa)