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

Until this year’s Pyeongchang Olympics, Bill Koch was the only American to reach the Olympic podium in the sport of cross country skiing, winning a silver medal in the 30-kilometer event at the 1976 Innsbruck Games. Roxanna Scott, USA TODAY, "Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall diagnosed with breast cancer," 11 July 2018 Wearing a Cafe Martin hat, Mr. Kraft approached the podium and offered well wishes to my wife, our daughters, and me. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "A letter of appreciation from John Martin, a NESN cameraman, to Boston sports media," 11 June 2018 Jessica Azua, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, approached the podium and held up a pair of blue floral pants, small enough to fit right in with the children’s shoes before her. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Hundreds join Castro to protest administration’s separation policy," 31 May 2018 Ridley teamed up with departed senior Ari Robinson last year to finish sixth in doubles and was the only freshman to make the podium of any division. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sparked by their grandfather and taught by their father, Aranda tennis brothers live up to family name," 30 May 2018 Chris Mazdzer with Witney Carson Chris Mazdzer won a silver medal in men’s singles luge at the Winter Olympics and became the first American to ever make the podium in that event. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Who Is Competing on Dancing with the Stars: Athletes Tonight?," 30 Apr. 2018 Hagerty: Huskies had their best-ever state finish, coming in third in Class 3A with six wrestlers reaching the podium. 3. Brant Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Highland's Joey Silva is named Orlando Sentinel's wrestler of the year," 23 Mar. 2018 Measel has now made the podium three straight years. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland triathlete tops in regionals for second straight year," 24 June 2018 There was no podium and no teleprompter, but his voice was growing louder and his upper lip was getting stiffer. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Joe Biden came here to promote his book. But is that the only thing he was selling?," 14 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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