Definitions for daisˈdeɪ ɪs, ˈdaɪ-, deɪs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
da•isˈdeɪ ɪs, ˈdaɪ-, deɪs(n.)
a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.
Origin of dais:
1225–75; ME deis < AF (OF dois) < L discus quoit; see discus
dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump, soapbox(noun)
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
A raised platform in a room for dignified occupancy.
Origin: From deis < ( deis, dois) < discus.
the high or principal table, at the end of a hall, at which the chief guests were seated; also, the chief seat at the high table
a platform slightly raised above the floor of a hall or large room, giving distinction to the table and seats placed upon it for the chief guests
a canopy over the seat of a person of dignity