Crossword clues for dais
- Honored guest's site
- It may be a step up
- Talking point?
- Honored guest's spot
- Roast spot
- Honoree's place
- Speaking spot
- V.I.P. locale
- Setting for an Inaugural Address
- Place for a panel
- Place for a lectern
- Locale for a seat of honor
- Speech spot
- Emcee's spot
- What many audiences face
- Speech setting
- Setting for a roaster
- Lectern's locale
- Stand taken by a debater
- Roast setting
- Roast locale
- Locale for a speaker and honorees
- Head table's place
- Recitation station
- Lectern locale
- A platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
- Speaker's platform
- Orator's perch
- Speech site
- Speaker's spot
- Speaker's stand
- Place of honor
- Performance site
- Site for a seat of honor
- Place for a throne
- Roast site
- Seat setting
- Honoree's spot
- Roasting platform
- Speaker's place
- Place for 39-Across
- Stand in ceremony?
- Place for a lecture
- Seat of honor location
- Campaigner's stand
- Oration station
- Roaster's spot
- Honoree's locale
- Platform for a guest of honor
- Oration location
- Where an honoree may sit
- Place for a seat of honor
- Toaster setting?
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Dais \Da"is\ (d[=a]"[i^]s), n. [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.]
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. [Obs.]
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. [Obs.]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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" (see disk (n.)). Died out in English c.1600, preserved in Scotland, revived 19c. by antiquarians.
alt. A raised platform in a room for dignified occupancy. n. A raised platform in a room for dignified occupancy.
A dais ( or ) is any raised platform located either inside or outside 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.
Usage examples of "dais".
In response to his gesture, eyes now fully formed and ablaze, the two clouds of sooty vapor that had been hovering impatiently by his steel-booted feet ballooned to the size of black buffalo as they sped gleefully away from the dais to intercept the impudent, foolhardy human.
Councillor Albedo stepped to the edge of the low dais and began to speak.
Dom Paulo arose and moved to the front of the dais to stare at the faintly defined shape in the shadows.
He advanced between the ranks of assembled Lords and made his bow before the railing that fronted the pyramidal dais.
He bowed before the low dais upon which the boy Light of Heaven reclined on cushions, then glanced with interest at the other assembled personages.
Candles had been brought to light the long desk or dais where sat the Bailly in his great chair, and the twelve scarlet-robed jurats.
His Majesty sat on a low dais, in a gilded and padded chair beneath a baldachin hung behind and on either side with weighty purple velvet to shut out the draughts.
On the dais was a throne of carven ivory, and above it a canopy of baudekin of the goodliest fashion, and there was a foot-carpet before it, wrought with beasts and the hunting of the deer.
Shafts of light from above partially illuminated the drunken courtiers as Bib Fortuna crossed the floor to the dais.
Soon, the palace would be filled with crimson capes, and only the Blood of the Fold would be seated at the dais.
She 176 fell in beside her mistress, heeling perfectly as Centaine started up towards the dais.
On the dais, Dandy Lass curtsied politely in front of the prime minister, and at a word from Centaine offered him her right paw.
As he climbed the dais, Corbal watched him, his gaze like a ruby laser.
The vast banner of Ro Holding hung behind the dais, hiding the door, so fragile and old that black swan melted into blue-black night, and only the tarnished threads depicting the stars of the Cygnet in flight seemed to hold the darkness together.
Veda Kong, at a sign from Darr Veter, stood before the screen on a gleaming round metal dais.