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 Stefanik and Johnson then both tried stepping up to the podium to answer Przybyla's question but also ended up arguing with her. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "WATCH: Republicans spar with NBC reporter who asked for examples of Ukrainian corruption," 29 Jan. 2020 Which players will be on the podium at Opening Night? Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Super Bowl LIV Opening Night: Live updates from Chiefs, 49ers in Miami," 28 Jan. 2020 Impossible to stop' In August 2019, fencer Race Imboden and hammer thrower Gwen Berry were each placed on a 12-month probation by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee for kneeling on the podium at the Pan American Games. Matias Grez, CNN, "Stopping athletes protesting at Tokyo 2020 will 'be impossible,' says Edwin Moses," 25 Jan. 2020 But until this week, neither had made the podium at the U.S. senior national championships. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Schumacher, Swirbul collect national ski championships," 3 Jan. 2020 The program had never won a national championship in the sport and had not finished on the podium at the NCAA meet since a second-place finish in 1999. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Not slowing down: As he approaches 70, UA women’s track and cross country coach sets standards in multiple sports," 25 Dec. 2019 There hasn't been a lot of smack talk on the podium at the Yum Center. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Duke's stunning loss puts Louisville in pole position to take No. 1 ranking," 27 Nov. 2019 The two men were kicked out after raising a Black Power fist on the medals podium at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, creating one of the most iconic moments in sports history. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Olympic Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame," 24 Sep. 2019 His ability to pull off precise tricks and flips while vaulting through the air on a snowboard earned him a place on the podium at Russian championship meets and international competitions. James Queally, latimes.com, "Famed snowboarding daredevil randomly killed on L.A. street," 24 June 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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5 Feb 2020

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“Podium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podia?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=podium02. Accessed 19 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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