noun \ˈpō-dē-əm\

: 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

plural podiums or po·dia \-dē-ə\

Full Definition of PODIUM

:  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
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

Related to PODIUM

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee

Rhymes with PODIUM


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In architecture, a pedestal on a large scale. It may be any of various elements that form the base of a structure, such as the platform forming the floor and substructure of a Classical temple, a low wall supporting columns, or the structurally or decoratively emphasized lowest portion of a wall. The term is also applied to other types of raised platform, such as an orchestra conductor's dais.


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