Definition of podium
1 : a low wall serving as a foundation or terrace wall: such asa : one around the arena of an ancient amphitheater serving as a base for the tiers of seatsb : the masonry under the stylobate of a temple
2a : a dais especially for an orchestral conductorb : lectern
Examples of podium in a Sentence
the conductor on the podium tonight is one of the leading figures of classical music
Recent Examples of podium from the Web
The Norris contingent, some of whom made the 2,200-mile journey from Newfoundland, did not have to wait long for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to call Josh Norris to the podium.
Gaines digested the speech, then raced towards the podium at the conclusion, beelining to ask Vaccaro a question.
After leaving the New York ensemble in 1936, claiming the workload was too much for a man his age, Toscanini was back on the podium within a year – in the same city – when the National Broadcasting Company established an orchestra just for him.
Travis Kalanick, the company’s founder and CEO, has stepped away from the podium, leaving his beloved Uber in the hands of a new, yet unnamed, executive.
Louisville coach Dan McDonnell sat at the podium minutes after U of L fell to Florida in a College World Series game Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
Spicer’s anticipated move away from the briefing-room podium …
The next day, Spicer was absent from the briefing room podium, giving rise to more speculation about his job.
Minutes later, the honor also brought an awkward and humorous moment, falling off the ribbon around the Dalai Lama’s neck and landing on the podium with a loud clank.
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Definition of -podium
: foot : part resembling a foot pseudopodium
Origin and Etymology of -podium
New Latin, from Greek podion, diminutive of pod-, pous foot — more at foot
PODIUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of podium for English Language Learners
: 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
PODIUM Defined for Kids
Definition of podium for Students
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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