po·​di·​um | \ ˈpō-dē-əm How to pronounce podium (audio) \
plural podiums or podia\ ˈpō-​dē-​ə How to pronounce podium (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

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 His move to the White House comes days after the departure of White House press secretary Jen Psaki and as former deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre takes over the White House briefing room podium. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, 20 May 2022 Smith surprised Jean-Pierre with a visit to her office last May after the Biden spokeswoman took her first turn at the White House podium. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 In the case of Wallen, that also extended to a major on-air award, as Wallen was called to the BBMAs’ podium Sunday night to accept a trophy for top country artist. Chris Willman, Variety, 15 May 2022 Two weekends prior, Norris took McLaren to its 11th podium since the start of the 2013 season – a relatively astounding accomplishment, given where the team’s two cars started the year in the Bahrain season-opener. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2022 Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki delivered an emotional farewell from the briefing room podium Friday afternoon -- expressing thanks to President Joe Biden, her administration colleagues and even the White House press corps. Byjustin Gomez, ABC News, 13 May 2022 Also on the property is a grab-and-go café, a lobby lounge, podium sky terrace, and 5,300-square-foot holistic wellness destination, Chuan Spa with treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine philosophies, and both indoor and outdoor pools. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 Brown and the Warriors who took their turns at the interview podium after the game all talked about flushing this loss. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2022 The first owner, Pierre Noblet, drove it in over 10 different circuit races and hill climbs through 1960, taking a number of podium finishes at tracks such as Spa, Reims and Monza. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Podium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podium. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for podium


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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