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Definitions for dais
ˈdeɪ ɪs, ˈdaɪ-, deɪsdais
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dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump, soapboxnoun
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
A raised platform in a room for dignified occupancy.
Etymology: From deis < (deis, dois) < discus.
A dais or daïs ( or , American English also but sometimes considered nonstandard) is a raised platform at the front of a room or hall, usually for one or more speakers or honored guests.Historically, the dais was a part of the floor at the end of a medieval hall, raised a step above the rest of the room. On this, the master of the household or assembly (e.g. the lord of the manor) dined with his senior associates and friends at the high table, while the other guests occupied the lower area of the room. In medieval halls, there was generally a deeply recessed bay window at one or both ends of the dais, which provided retirement or greater privacy than the open hall. The dais area often had its own doorway for admission from the master's chambers, whereas most of the guests entered through a doorway leading into the main area of the hall. At military parades, the dais is the raised, sometimes covered, platform from where the troops are reviewed, addresses are made, and salutes are taken. It can also have stairs and a throne. In life drawing rooms of art schools, the platform where the model poses for the students is sometimes referred to as the dais. A dais for giving speeches is called a rostrum.
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
Etymology: [OE. deis, des, table, dais, OF. deis table, F. dais a canopy, L. discus a quoit, a dish (from the shape), LL., table, fr. Gr. a quoit, a dish. See Dish.]
A dais is any raised platform located either in or outside of a room or enclosure, often for dignified occupancy, as at the front of a lecture hall or sanctuary. At military parades, the dais is the raised, sometimes covered, platform from where the troops are reviewed, addresses made and salutes taken. Historically, the dais was a part of the floor at the end of a medieval hall, raised a step above the rest of the room. On this the lord of the manor dined with his intimates at the high table, apart from the followers and servants. In medieval halls there was generally a deep recessed bay window at one or at each end of the dais, supposed to be for retirement or greater privacy than the open hall could afford. In life drawing rooms of art schools, the platform where the model poses for the students is sometimes referred to as the dais.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dā′is, n. a raised floor at the upper end of the dining-hall where the high table stood: a raised floor with a seat and canopy: the canopy over an altar, &c. [O. Fr. dais—Low L. discus, a table—L. discus, a quoit—Gr. diskos, a disc.]
What does DAIS stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the DAIS acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dais is ranked #28408 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Dais surname appeared 840 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dais.
55.8% or 469 total occurrences were Black.
35% or 294 total occurrences were White.
5.1% or 43 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2% or 17 total occurrences were Asian.
2% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
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The numerical value of dais in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of dais in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of dais in a Sentence
I'm the one that knows how to change it. Nobody else on this dais knows how to change it like I do. Believe me.
Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Sipa USA/POOL:
I'm in my office rather than the committee room because once again the chair has failed to make room for all members on the dais. I again want to register my strong protest of this dereliction of basic responsibility and comity.
I'm very grateful, honored and humbled that I would be here at this dais.
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