podium

noun
po·​di·​um | \ˈpō-dē-əm \
plural podiums or podia\ ˈpō-​dē-​ə \

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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rip that teeny little mic right out of the podium, then go ahead and drop it. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "The Kavanaugh Hearings, Day 2: If He Doesn't Make the Supreme Court, He'd Make a Great Real Housewife," 5 Sep. 2018 Save your ire for the president and for the DOJ and for Sarah Sanders lying in front of the podium. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Recode’s Peter Kafka on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 28 June 2018 Suddenly, two huge screens on either side of the empty podium came to life. Avi Selk, latimes.com, "Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House," 12 June 2018 Suddenly, two huge screens on either side of the empty podium came to life. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House.," 12 June 2018 Suddenly, two huge screens on either side of the empty podium came to life. Avi Selk, courant.com, "Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House.," 12 June 2018 For McCall, the 400 relay wasn’t her only appearance at the top of the podium. Steve Soucie, Daily Southtown, "Agony of the feet: Olivia Oliver makes due in the 400 relay to clinch state title; H-F finishes second in team standings," 20 May 2018 Standing behind music stands on opposite sides of the podium, Kaufmann and Nylund sang their impassioned duet while facing the audience oratorio-style, and both of them relied heavily on their vocal scores. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "The BSO offers Wagner’s ‘shivery and sweet infinity’," 6 Apr. 2018 Joining Benjamin at the top of the podium in the Maryland State Wrestling Association girls tournament was Dulaney’s Nicole Wanga, who won at 160 pounds. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Dulaney's Destiny Benjamin caps season with pair of girls titles, five area boys make state tournament," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of podium

Noun

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for podium

Noun

Latin — more at pew

Noun combining form

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

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podium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of podium

: a raised platform for a speaker, performer, or the leader of an orchestra

: a stand with a slanted surface that holds a book, notes, etc., for someone who is reading, speaking, or teaching

podium

noun
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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