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podium

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noun po·di·um \ˈpō-dē-əm\

Simple Definition of podium

  • : a raised platform for a speaker, performer, or the leader of an orchestra

  • : a stand with a slanted surface that holds a book, notes, etc., for someone who is reading, speaking, or teaching

Full Definition of podium

plural podiums or po·dia play \-dē-ə\

  1. 1 :  a low wall serving as a foundation or terrace wall: as a :  one around the arena of an ancient amphitheater serving as a base for the tiers of seats b :  the masonry under the stylobate of a temple

  2. 2 a :  a dais especially for an orchestral conductor b :  lectern

Examples of podium

  1. <the conductor on the podium tonight is one of the leading figures of classical music>



Origin of podium

Latin — more at pew


First Known Use: 1743

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

Rhymes with podium


-podium

noun combining form po·di·um

Definition of -podium

plural -podia

  1. :  foot :  part resembling a foot <pseudopodium>



Origin of -podium

New Latin, from Greek podion, diminutive of pod-, pous foot — more at foot



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