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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Picture the scene: A stage and three podiums at which three contestants line up to face a studio audience. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 The podium in Croke Park at which the All-Ireland trophies are handed out is named after Michael Hogan, a Tipperary footballer who was killed on the field in 1920. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Trump Has Made the NFL His Punching Bag. The League’s Best Response Is Defiance," 9 July 2018 As Trump approached the podium, Hannity said The Associated Press had reported that Kavanaugh was the choice. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Networks covering Supreme Court pick move to battle stations," 9 July 2018 Sato also will have a big smile on his face after registering his first podium as a member of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY, "James Hinchcliffe gets Indy 500 redemption with IndyCar win at Iowa," 8 July 2018 The banner image at the top of the page showed Cohen standing at a Trump podium. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Michael Cohen Has Removed All Mention of Trump on His Social Media Accounts," 5 July 2018 The blast next to the podium killed two security agents and injured dozens of other people, including high-ranking officials, in what the government said was an attempt to assassinate Mnangagwa. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "After Mugabe, how free and fair will Zimbabwe's vote be?," 4 July 2018 The kids are then dismissed and melt away, leaving a small crowd of mostly older citizens gathered around a podium to hear town officials. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 Being entirely on his own as a podium contender is really tough. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can someone give Luke Mudgway, leader of the Tour of America's Dairyland cycling series, a ride home?," 27 June 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

: 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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