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
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 Jamal Adams yelled in celebration after Seattle qualified for the playoffs last month and lit up a victory cigar at the podium when the Seahawks clinched the division. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Jamal Adams among several stars savoring 1st playoff seasons," 7 Jan. 2021 Mayor Mike Duggan, who four years ago kicked off his reelection campaign before 1,200 people, stood alone at the podium Wednesday night to launch his bid for a third term. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan pitches unity, opportunity in bid for third term," 9 Dec. 2020 Wisconsin, the talk at the podium was focused on the scout team. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana defense's dominant performance against Wisconsin starts in practice," 6 Dec. 2020 Dwight Howard stood in the back of the room and stared at the podium. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers to use same recipe and add new players to improve it as title defense begins," 4 Dec. 2020 The mere image of a woman at the podium isn't likely to be enough to counter a lifetime of stereotype conditioning. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Talk to your kids about Kamala Harris and other elected women," 3 Dec. 2020 Reporters also chastised Trump for not taking questions for three weeks following the election, including at an appearance at the podium with Vice President Mike Pence to celebrate the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting 30,000. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Democrats think low-profile Biden will be key post-Trump," 1 Dec. 2020 Standing at the podium, the president asked for the White House doctor, Ronny Jackson. Susannah Jacob, The New York Review of Books, "The West Wing We Knew," 29 Oct. 2020 Virus experts stand at the podium of government briefings and frequently warn of looming catastrophe. Timothy W. Martin And Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "How South Korea Successfully Managed Coronavirus," 25 Sep. 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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The first known use of podium was in 1743

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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Podium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podium. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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