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
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

dais, platform, rostrum, stage, stand, tribune

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Examples of podium in a Sentence


the conductor on the podium tonight is one of the leading figures of classical music

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two days after the primary, one of the Republicans will share a podium in South Bend for a rally with President Trump. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "GOP rivals claim Indiana Senate primary front-runner is actually 'lifelong Democrat'," 7 May 2018 Earlier this month, Stacy Dossman stood at a podium in front of the Sacramento City Council and, her voice quivering, testified about her experience of raising an 18-year-old African American son. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Sacramento mayor calls on mental health workers to volunteer in black communities | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Apr. 2018 At a World Cup race Sunday in Norway, Minnesota's Jessie Diggins became the first American to reach the podium in a 30-kilometer race. Anchorage Daily News, "4 Anchorage skiers join Diggins with career-best World Cup efforts," 12 Mar. 2018 Foster junior Valerie Carreon rallied from an opening defeat to finish sixth and reach the podium in the 102 division. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Foster's Nwankwo completes undefeated season," 26 Feb. 2018 There are some weight classes in 2A-3 that could send places 5-8 and put kids on the podium in Kissimmee. Brant Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "2018 Region 2A-3 wrestling preview and predictions," 21 Feb. 2018 Markle arrived at the podium at the Government House in Wellington addressing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Just Gave a Moving Speech About Women's Equality," 28 Oct. 2018 The singer serenaded the Queen at the podium and blew a kiss to her casket before leaving the stand. Fox News, "Aretha Franklin funeral's bishop mistakes Ariana Grande's name for 'new something at Taco Bell'," 2 Oct. 2018 Kate stood at a podium with her notes in front of her, but Meghan went note-free. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Gave Inspiring First Speeches as Royals," 20 Sep. 2018

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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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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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