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

 (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

They were soon headed to the top of the medal podium. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "Germans Unexpectedly Win Olympic Pairs Figure Skating," 15 Feb. 2018 Behind the judging podium this week is legendary designer Jamie Bush, who's known for a style that blurs the lines between architecture and interior design, resulting in a dynamic, modern aesthetic. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Watch the Drabbest Rooms Become Fab on Best Room Wins Episode Three," 16 May 2019 At a rally that year, Jill put a plastic rat on the podium where Joe was speaking—and then put the same rat on Joe's pillow later that night. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Why Jill Biden Might Just Be Joe Biden's Greatest Political Asset," 25 Apr. 2019 Standing behind the podium, Don Lemon, the recipient of the Community Impact Award, looked around the room and smiled. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Lena Waithe and Don Lemon Are Honored at the Center’s Annual Dinner," 19 Apr. 2019 Just three days after her podium finish, after a dizzying array of interviews and an explosion of congratulatory messages, Sellers returned to work at Banner-University Medical Center. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Sarah Sellers Went From Surprise Podium Finisher at the Boston Marathon to Pro Athlete," 8 Apr. 2019 After the meeting with the president and vice president, Bustos tweeted photos posing behind the podium in the White House briefing room. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Why this ASU student met Trump, went on stage at The White House Correspondents' Dinner," 28 Apr. 2018 The message Nick Saban relayed to his team behind closed doors was also delivered earlier this week from a podium in front of a phalanx of cameras and an audience of reporters. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, "Inside Nick Saban's message to the Alabama defense," 27 Mar. 2018 The other four organizers, who are sitting at a long table next to the podium, have already said their tearful piece of this closing ceremony; Dave’s just joining the club. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "How the first Wakandacon escaped the fan convention curse," 13 Aug. 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
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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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