podium

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noun po·di·um \ˈpō-dē-əm\

Definition of podium

plural

podiums

or

podia

play \-dē-ə\
  1. 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

  2. 2a :  a dais especially for an orchestral conductorb :  lectern

Examples of podium in a Sentence

  1. the conductor on the podium tonight is one of the leading figures of classical music

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Origin and Etymology of podium

Latin — more at pew


First Known Use: 1743

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-podium

noun combining form po·di·um

Definition of -podium

plural

-podia

  1. :  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

podium

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noun

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

podium

noun po·di·um \ˈpō-dē-əm\

Definition of podium for Students

  1. 1 :  a raised platform especially for the conductor of an orchestra

  2. 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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