po·​di·​um | \ ˈpō-dē-əm How to pronounce podium (audio) \
plural podiums or podia\ ˈpō-​dē-​ə How to pronounce podium (audio) \

Definition of podium

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a low wall serving as a foundation or terrace wall: such 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
2a : a dais especially for an orchestral conductor
b : lectern
plural -podia

Definition of -podium (Entry 2 of 2)

: foot : part resembling a foot pseudopodium

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Synonyms for podium

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of podium in a Sentence

Noun the conductor on the podium tonight is one of the leading figures of classical music
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the third straight day of racing, a skier from UAA captured a spot on the podium in an NCAA race in Utah. Anchorage Daily News, "UAA ski team racks up a 3rd straight podium finish in Utah," 24 Feb. 2021 It can be seen on a podium in the background of a trailer scene inside Raiden's temple. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Everything you may have missed in the Mortal Kombat trailer," 18 Feb. 2021 The mishap cost Johnson nearly a second of precious time and a possible place on the podium. Andrew Dampf, ajc, "Foggy goggles: Johnson loses sight of downhill podium," 13 Feb. 2021 Known as a specialist in 18th century music, McGegan is an energetic figure on the podium. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Review: Exhilarating Mozart concert by Dallas Symphony, Nicholas McGegan and Hélène Grimaud is followed by COVID cancellations," 15 Jan. 2021 As Olympic organizers mull issues related to COVID-19, there is also a groundswell among athletes to amend an Olympic rule that prohibits protests on the podium or in the field of play at the Games. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Yes, there will be an Olympics in 2021, organizers say. Here's what they will look like," 30 Dec. 2020 Dyreson raises the specter of athletes from adversarial nations — say, Iran and Israel — protesting against each other on the podium. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. Olympic leaders say American athletes won’t be punished for protests," 10 Dec. 2020 No driver in the sport's history has won as many races, secured as many pole positions or finished on the podium as many times as Hamilton. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "'I have walked this sport alone,' says Lewis Hamilton after record-equaling title win," 16 Nov. 2020 Malcolm had walked onto the podium behind Goodman without him noticing. Les Payne, The New Yorker, "The Day Malcolm X Was Killed," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of podium


1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for podium


Latin — more at pew

Noun combining form

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

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27 Feb 2021

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“Podium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podium. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of podium

: a raised platform for a speaker, performer, or the leader of an orchestra
US : a stand with a slanted surface that holds a book, notes, etc., for someone who is reading, speaking, or teaching


po·​di·​um | \ ˈpō-dē-əm \

Kids Definition of podium

1 : a raised platform especially for the conductor of an orchestra
2 : a stand with a slanted surface (as for holding papers or a book) that a person can stand behind or near when giving a speech

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