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po·​di·​um ˈpō-dē-əm How to pronounce podium (audio)
plural podiums or podia ˈpō-dē-ə How to pronounce podium (audio)
: a low wall serving as a foundation or terrace wall: such as
: one around the arena of an ancient amphitheater serving as a base for the tiers of seats
: the masonry under the stylobate of a temple
: a dais especially for an orchestral conductor


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noun combining form

plural -podia
: foot : part resembling a foot

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
Minutes after the members reconvened, Gaetz took to the podium and suggested that neither Trump nor his supporters were to blame for the day’s events. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 She’s already stood atop the podium a handful of times this season in addition to winning the overall title in the Tour de Ski. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, 16 Feb. 2024 The minority leader turned away from the podium and stood nearby while others took the microphone. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Building that kind of support among the branches all but assures that the Academy will hoist Nolan to the podium for the first time for stringing it all together in one movie. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 13 Feb. 2024 The prize is considered a particularly reliable predictor of an Academy Award: Only twice during the last 22 years has the DGA’s recipient not made it to the Oscars podium. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Krystal Gonzalez stood at a podium before the Baltimore City Council, a little over two months after her daughter was killed at what began as a Brooklyn Day block party, and forced officials to feel her grief. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2024 From the podium, Ferguson recognized Adams and the two again enjoyed tea and conversation following the program. Marsha Porter, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 The team has looked uncompetitive, finishing hundreds of points behind Red Bull and losing out on podiums to the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin. Sam Joseph, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History



Latin — more at pew

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Greek podion, diminutive of pod-, pous foot — more at foot

First Known Use


1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of podium was in 1743

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Cite this Entry

“Podium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podium. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


po·​di·​um ˈpōd-ē-əm How to pronounce podium (audio)
plural podiums or podia -ē-ə How to pronounce podium (audio)
: a raised platform especially for an orchestral conductor

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