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

In SpaceX’s customary flashy style, Mr. Musk spoke on a 2-foot-high white podium, facing a bank of video cameras, photographers and a crowd of reporters and employees. Anne Steele, WSJ, "SpaceX’s First Moon Tourist Is a Japanese Billionaire," 18 Sep. 2018 Hannity appeared on the podium in a Missouri arena Monday night after being called to the stage by Trump. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Hannity joins Trump on stage despite claiming he wouldn’t," 6 Nov. 2018 Before the big reveal, James accepted the Harlem’s Fashion Row Icon 360 award, standing at the podium with his daughter Zhuri in his arms. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "LeBron James, Dapper Dan, and More Come Together to Celebrate Harlem’s Fashion Row and an Impactful New Sneaker," 5 Sep. 2018 There’s a famous episode of the TV show The West Wing where Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman pinch-hits at the podium for ailing Press Secretary C.J. Cregg. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Lawmakers struggle to decode Trump's 'secret' to deal with Russia, North Korea," 28 July 2018 Six of us hid behind the podium in just a small space and that is where Helena and Nick were sitting and were shot and killed right next to me. CBS News, "Parkland shooting survivor Samantha Fuentes celebrates "shrapnel-free" face," 14 May 2018 After his initial comments, Son noticed a sheet of paper that had been left on the podium for his attention. Saritha Rai, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Oops’: Walmart’s biggest deal ever announced early by SoftBank CEO," 9 May 2018 That confusion is thanks in part to the photo above, which shows a man standing at the podium for Philadelphia’s 1970 Earth Day observations. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Behind the Photo That Made People Think Earth Day Was Founded by a Convicted Killer," 20 Apr. 2018 Even married Alison can hold the podium for a while, because her husband is infuriating. Ali Wentworth, Town & Country, "When Did a Happy Marriage Become So Taboo?," 6 Apr. 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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