rostrum

noun
ros·​trum | \ ˈrä-strəm also ˈrȯ- How to pronounce rostrum (audio) \
plural rostra\ ˈrä-​strə How to pronounce rostra (audio) also  ˈrȯ-​ \ or rostrums

Definition of rostrum

1 [Latin Rostra, plural, a platform for speakers in the Roman Forum decorated with the beaks of captured ships, from plural of rostrum]
a : an ancient Roman platform for public orators
b : a stage for public speaking
c : a raised platform on a stage
2 : the curved end of a ship's prow especially : the beak of a war galley
3 : a bodily part or process suggesting a bird's bill: such as
a : the beak, snout, or proboscis of any of various insects or arachnids
b : the often spinelike anterior median prolongation of the carapace of a crustacean (such as a crayfish or lobster)

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Examples of rostrum in a Sentence

stood on a rostrum to address the huge crowd
Recent Examples on the Web Hooks will dissolve in saltwater, but trailing leaders risk entangling the rostrum and impeding the fish’s feeding. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, "The Fight to Save the Sawfish," 13 Dec. 2019 Because the Senate chamber was designed with no pillars or columns to obstruct sight lines to the central rostrum, every desk is essentially equal. Douglas Brinkley, Washington Post, "The eight stalwart progressives who shared one Senate desk," 8 Nov. 2019 The article passed 230-197, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveling the vote to a close from the House rostrum. Arkansas Online, "House impeaches Trump," 19 Dec. 2019 Xi was joined on the Tiananmen rostrum by Premier Li Keqiang, former Presidents Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin and other party figures. Washington Post, "China’s 70-year parade shows global ambition as HK protests," 2 Oct. 2019 Xi was joined on the Tiananmen rostrum by Premier Li Keqiang, former Presidents Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin and other party figures. Washington Post, "China’s 70-year parade shows global ambition as HK protests," 2 Oct. 2019 Before thrusting their snout, or rostrum, into the sand to seize their prey, the dolphins quickly paused by making a rapid 90 to 180 degree turn. Katie Hunt, CNN, "It's not only humans who are right-handed. Dolphins also have a dominant side," 26 Nov. 2019 Xi was joined on the Tiananmen rostrum by Premier Li Keqiang, former Presidents Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin and other party figures. Washington Post, "China’s 70-year parade shows global ambition as HK protests," 2 Oct. 2019 Gideon put lawmakers at ease and asked Hanington to speak with her at her rostrum. BostonGlobe.com, "Lawmaker apologizes for yelling at Maine speaker, calling her a ‘weasel’," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of rostrum

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rostrum

Latin, beak, ship's beak, from rodere to gnaw — more at rodent

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The first known use of rostrum was in 1542

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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rostrum.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rostrum. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for rostrum

rostrum

noun
How to pronounce rostrum (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rostrum

formal : a small raised platform on a stage

rostrum

noun
ros·​trum | \ ˈrä-strəm How to pronounce rostrum (audio) \
plural rostra\ -​trə \ or rostrums

Kids Definition of rostrum

: a stage or platform for public speaking

rostrum

noun
ros·​trum | \ ˈräs-trəm also ˈrȯs- \
plural rostrums or rostra\ -​trə How to pronounce rostra (audio) \

Medical Definition of rostrum

: a bodily part or process suggesting a bird's bill: as
a : the reflected anterior portion of the corpus callosum below the genu
b : the interior median spine of the body of the basisphenoid bone articulating with the vomer

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