po·​di·​um | \ ˈpō-dē-əm How to pronounce podium (audio) \
plural podiums or podia\ ˈpō-​dē-​ə How to pronounce podia (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
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 Ever since the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, US athletes on the podium have worn Nike. Peter Rubin, Wired, "A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics," 5 Feb. 2020 Now entering the senior ranks, Esow has the 2024 Olympics in Paris in his sights and top step on the podium. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Indian cycling star Esow Alben targets Olympic gold," 4 Feb. 2020 The duo concluded their halftime show standing together on a podium as the audience went wild. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Shakira and Jennifer Lopez deliver electrifying Super Bowl 2020 halftime show performance," 3 Feb. 2020 Other protests in 2019 included swimmers from Australia and Britain refusing to join world championship gold medalist Sun Yang on the podium because the Chinese star has been implicated in doping violations. NBC News, "International Olympic Committee bans political statements by athletes at games," 9 Jan. 2020 Ford's presence on the podium has been staggered in recent years, too. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Who's ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell might surprise you," 3 Jan. 2020 Viotti, in his Cleveland debut, proved an invigorating presence on the podium. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra inspires gratitude with performances after Thanksgiving," 2 Dec. 2019 Kelsi Harris was the Lakota East's closest chance at an individual getting on the podium. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Cross country: Lakota East girls finish at DI runner-up; Princeton's Kaylor leans to 3rd," 3 Nov. 2019 The International Gymnastics Federation is considering new regulations on gymnasts’ behavior on the podium after a Turkish medalist gave a military-style salute. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Turkish gymnast’s salute could prompt rule change," 13 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of podium was in 1743

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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Podium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-podium?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=podium01. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce -podium (audio)

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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