dais


dais

noun

  1. a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.

noun

  1. a raised platform, usually at one end of a hall, used by speakers, etc
n.

mid-13c., from Anglo-French deis, Old French dais “table, platform,” from Latin discus “disk-shaped object,” also, by medieval times, “table,” from Greek diskos “quoit, disk, dish.” Died out in English c.1600, preserved in Scotland, revived 19c. by antiquarians.

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