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

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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 The guidelines ban podium protests, such as the black-gloved fists of US Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the victory dais after the men's 200 meters at the 1968 Olympics. Steve Almasy, CNN, "International Olympic Committee tells athletes they cannot take a knee in protest but they can make comments on social media," 10 Jan. 2020 The policy move, known as Rule 50 in the Olympic Charter, was drafted after two American athletes received consequences for podium gestures at the Pan-American Games in August of 2019. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Olympics Bans Athletes From Making Political Statements At 2020 Games," 10 Jan. 2020 The new guidelines come after two American athletes were reprimanded by the U.S. Olympic Committee for medal podium protests at the Pan-American Games in August in Lima, Peru. NBC News, "International Olympic Committee bans political statements by athletes at games," 9 Jan. 2020 In the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Castroneves has finished in seventh and fourth place, respectively, in the series championship the past two years. with seven podium finishes and a 2018 win at Mid-Ohio. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Helio Castroneves will return to Indianapolis 500 with Team Penske in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Doerger, a senior, was in position for a top-10 finish but fell to the ground multiple times before crawling to the finish line to end a podium-worthy performance. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Cross country: Lakota East girls finish at DI runner-up; Princeton's Kaylor leans to 3rd," 3 Nov. 2019 In recent months, there were medal podium protests at the swimming world championships and the Pan-American Games. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawyer details limits on Olympic athlete sponsorships," 18 Oct. 2019 Harry Kane has hit a rough patch in recent weeks, but that hasn't stopped the England captain from securing a podium place in qualifying - for now. SI.com, "The Top Scorers in Euro 2020 Qualifying After October Fixtures," 16 Oct. 2019 Since the last debate, the three Democratic front-runners remain the same, but their current podium order has begun to shift. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: What the Democratic frontrunners must do at Tuesday's debate," 15 Oct. 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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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Podium.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podium. Accessed 24 January 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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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