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

But Teodor Currentzis led the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra with an irresistible intensity that alone would bring me back; Mr. Hinterhäuser has made Mr. Currentzis the podium star of Salzburg, and the audience greeted him with a roar at his bow. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Nearly 100, the Salzburg Festival Doesn’t Wait to Celebrate," 16 Aug. 2019 The remaining layers of the initiative are the Green Line Central, which will consist of a field of 3D printed ceramic reproductions of local artists on 3x1 foot podia in front of Austin Town Hall (adjacent to the Central Green Line stop). Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Wonder what that four-faced object is outside your Green Line 'L' window? The Floating Museum’s latest art initiative," 16 Aug. 2019 Italy's Alice Betto finished second and Britain's Vicky Holland rounded out the podium in third. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Winning triathletes disqualified for holding hands to cross finish line," 15 Aug. 2019 Italy's Alice Betto was second and Britain's Vicky Holland rounded out the podium in the aftermath of the results shakeup. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Winning British Triathletes Disqualified After Crossing Finish Line Holding Hands," 15 Aug. 2019 Italy’s Alice Betto was second and Britain’s Vicky Holland completed the podium. Los Angeles Times, "Do anything you want in sports, but don’t hold hands," 15 Aug. 2019 Some journalists were irked when KISS frontman Gene Simmons and actor Gerard Butler took to the Pentagon podium in the last year before any Pentagon official had. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Top Pence aide Alyssa Farah to become Pentagon press secretary," 14 Aug. 2019 The tension between Johnson and the Browns escalated during minicamp, when Johnson reiterated his trade request during his podium interview, and Baker Mayfield stood listening in, at times shaking his head. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Browns trade Duke Johnson to Houston Texans for 4th-round pick in 2020 that can become a 3rd-rounder," 8 Aug. 2019 Nunez scored his first podium finish with in the Mazda prototype two years later and managed his first runner-up finish in the 2018 season finale. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six long years. That's how long this racer waited for his next victory. And it was worth every minute.," 30 July 2019

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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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