from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A raised platform, as in a lecture hall, for speakers or honored guests.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A raised platform in a room for dignified occupancy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A canopy over the seat of a person of dignity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A platform or raised floor at one end or one side of a reception-room or hall, upon which seats for distinguished persons are placed; especially, such a platform covered with a canopy: formerly often called specifically high dais.
- n. Hence Any similar raised portion of the floor of an apartment, used as the place at which the most distinguished guests at a feast are seated, as a platform for a lecturer, etc.
- n. A canopy or covering.
- n. A long board, seat, or settle erected against a wall, and sometimes so constructed as to serve for both a settee and a table; also, a seat on the outer side of a country-house or cottage, frequently formed of turf.
- n. A pew in a church.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
Middle English deis, from Anglo-Norman, platform, from Late Latin discus, table, from Latin, discus, quoit; see disk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English deis < Anglo-Norman (Old French deis, dois) < Latin discus. (Wiktionary)