po·​di·​um | \ ˈpō-dē-əm How to pronounce podium (audio) \
plural podiums or podia\ ˈpō-​dē-​ə How to pronounce podium (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

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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: Noun Psaki took to the podium just as Biden's first Cabinet-level official was confirmed by the Senate. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Jen Psaki's press briefing debut: No 'pending' Biden-Trump call after 'gracious' Oval Office letter," 20 Jan. 2021 One after the other, the president’s defenders rose to the podium in the House chamber on Wednesday, trying to head off an inevitable vote for impeachment with one of the most transparently cynical gambits in recent memory. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Suddenly, the party that broke the country wants unity," 13 Jan. 2021 Not long after the Seahawks emerged from a slugfest with a 20-9 victory against a dreaded nemesis that clinched the NFC West title, Adams brought a cigar box with him to the podium for his postgame Zoom conference. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Seattle Seahawks use defense to win NFC West and 'dammit, it feels good!'," 28 Dec. 2020 Finally, as the mood in the hall was growing twitchy, the UN security guards cleared the platform, and the top officials of the landmark Paris climate talks took to the podium. Fiona Harvey, Wired, "Can the Paris Agreement Still Avert Climate Chaos?," 26 Dec. 2020 Several other senators took to the podium to praise Jones. al, "Doug Jones gives emotional farewell address to U.S. senate," 9 Dec. 2020 The meeting ended with Rosalie Vicari stepping up to the podium and echoing her husband's position. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Andiamo owners change stance on defying state's ban on indoor dinning," 3 Dec. 2020 And then, a small dog appeared, began sniffing the ground and finally got to the podium. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: The COVID-19 testing site and the ‘She’s All That’ remake," 2 Dec. 2020 Justin Herbert came to the podium Wednesday morning for his weekly media availability session sporting a fresh haircut. oregonlive, "Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers have opportunity to snap losing streak when they face the winless New York Jets," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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15 Feb 2021

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“Podium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podium. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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