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What is the meaning of makeshift dias in this passage?

He had invited over a hundred guests, including members of the press. He addressed everyone from a makeshift dias.

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    Welcome to EL&U. What is a dias? What does makeshift mean? Please tell us what definitions you found in a dictionary, and why this remains confusing to you. Also, please take our tour to find out what kinds of questions are a good fit for this site; you might also want to that the tour at our sister site, English Language Learners – anongoodnurse Jun 29 '14 at 8:03
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    As noted in an answer below dias should be spelled dais. This might add further difficulties in understanding because I believe dai/dais is an Indian term for midwife. – Frank Jun 29 '14 at 8:33
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The correct spelling is "dais".

According to Wikipedia:

A dais is any raised platform located either inside or outside of a room or enclosure, often for dignified occupancy, as at the front of a lecture hall or sanctuary.

Makeshift means cobbled together out of whatever is available. For example, you can make a table out of an upturned bucket with a flat piece of wood on top.

  • Makeshift means "cobbled together out of whatever is available". For example, you can make a table out of an upturned bucket with a flat piece of wood on top... – Leni Nawocam Jun 29 '14 at 8:08

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