podium

noun
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

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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
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 Meanwhile, the understated Culp said only a few words about the move to the crowd during his time at the podium. BostonGlobe.com, "In my interview, Culp talked about why the move to Boston from Connecticut has helped GE. It’s easy, he said, to attract the people GE wants and needs for its corporate workforce. It’s not just wind energy; Boston, he added, happens to be a hub of activity for all GE’s major business lines.," 6 Nov. 2019 Alvarez died recently; Smith used his time at the podium as the Miracle Maker honoree to celebrate Alvarez’s life. Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, "Philanthropists give $1.8 million for Miracles for Kids’ mission," 1 Nov. 2019 When Sanders finally appeared at the podium, the shadows were getting long in the park. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Make a Show of Force in Queens," 19 Oct. 2019 This included her time at the podium greeting us as a group and telling us (her employees, essentially) how much our work, including our professionalism, is appreciated. Ask Amy, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Niece drains bank account meant for her son, and aunt isn’t sure what to do," 13 Oct. 2019 This included her time at the podium greeting us as a group and telling us (her employees, essentially) how much our work, including our professionalism, is appreciated. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Aunt’s financial gift is siphoned," 13 Oct. 2019 This included her time at the podium greeting us as a group and telling us (her employees, essentially) how much our work, including our professionalism, is appreciated. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Aunt's financial gift is siphoned," 12 Oct. 2019 Instead, Strong found himself at a podium before a handful of reporters Monday, his deep gravelly voice bearing a tone of exasperation. Joey Knight, orlandosentinel.com, "USF’s Charlie Strong facing a grim sequel of sorts at UConn," 4 Oct. 2019 Other photos in the home apparently showed Epstein standing at the podium of the White House press room. Bryan Llenas | Fox News, Fox News, "Video from raid on Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion showed nude images of young women," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of podium

Noun

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for podium

Noun

Latin — more at pew

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Greek podion, diminutive of pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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podium

noun
How to pronounce -podium (audio)

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

podium

noun
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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