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

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Composer Randy Newman is at the podium on 20th Century-Fox’s Newman Scoring Stage, named for his famous uncles Alfred, Lionel and Emil, all of whom conducted there for decades beginning in the 1930s. Jon Burlingame, chicagotribune.com, "Randy Newman supplies the emotion, and two new songs, for ‘Toy Story 4’," 20 June 2019 In one particularly striking JEB photo, taken in 1980, the lesbian feminist poet and scholar Audre Lorde reads at a podium. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Lesbian ‘Propagandist’ Who Documented a Movement," 19 June 2019 Hundreds of residents filled multiple overflow rooms at the County Administration Center Thursday night and 95 members of the public spoke at the podium about how the county should set its budget for next fiscal year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nearly a hundred residents told Board of Supervisors how to spend $6.2 billion," 14 June 2019 During her time at the podium, Tommaseo also showed a video, highlighting the history, culture, fishing and food that make St. Bernard such a unique destination. Barry Lemoine, nola.com, "St. Bernard Chamber discusses impact on tourism on parish’s economy," 12 June 2019 General manager Myers wept at the podium in a rare display of pure love and raw emotion that an executive feels for a player. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "After Kevin Durant sacrificed it all, Oracle will be a hurricane of emotion," 11 June 2019 While Johnson spoke at the podium on Tuesday, Mayfield stood on the fringes listening in, at times shaking his head. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Duke Johnson and Cleveland Browns have reached the point of no return: Mary Kay Cabot," 10 June 2019 They were soon headed to the top of the medal podium. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "Germans Unexpectedly Win Olympic Pairs Figure Skating," 15 Feb. 2018 Behind the judging podium this week is legendary designer Jamie Bush, who's known for a style that blurs the lines between architecture and interior design, resulting in a dynamic, modern aesthetic. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Watch the Drabbest Rooms Become Fab on Best Room Wins Episode Three," 16 May 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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to take the place or position of

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