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[poh-dee-uh m] /ˈpoʊ di əm/
noun, plural podiums, podia
[poh-dee-uh] /ˈpoʊ di ə/ (Show IPA)
a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, a public speaker, the recipient of a sports medal, etc.
  1. a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome.
  2. a stereobate for a classical temple, especially one with perpendicular sides.
  3. the masonry supporting a classical temple.
  4. a raised platform surrounding the arena of an ancient Roman amphitheater having on it the seats of privileged spectators.
a counter or booth, as one at an airport for handling tickets or dispensing information.
Zoology, Anatomy. a foot.
Botany. a footstalk or stipe.
verb (used without object)
(in a sports competition) to finish first, second, or third and receive an award while standing on a podium:
He’s podiumed in five of his past six races.
Origin of podium
1605-15; < Latin: “elevated place, balcony” < Greek pódion “little foot,” equivalent to pod- pod- + -ion diminutive suffix. See pew


a combining form meaning “footlike part” of an organism, used in the formation of compound words:
monopodium; pseudo-podium.
Also, -pode.
From New Latin; See origin at podium Unabridged
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  • The podium contained the places of honour reserved for the Emperor and his family, the Senate, and the Vestal virgins.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • Behind the podium was a double portico, which ran round the whole building.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • The Pegasus staff was gathering around Dr. Gordon, who was using a large packing case for a podium.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Paintings and inscriptions covered the walls or podium of the arena.

    The Wonders of Pompeii Marc Monnier
  • If the podium was insufficient for the accommodation of the senators, some of the adjoining seats were taken for their use.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for podium


noun (pl) -diums, -dia (-dɪə)
a small raised platform used by lecturers, orchestra conductors, etc; dais
a plinth that supports a colonnade or wall
a low wall surrounding the arena of an ancient amphitheatre
  1. the terminal part of a vertebrate limb
  2. any footlike organ, such as the tube foot of a starfish
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: platform, balcony, from Greek podion little foot, from pous foot


combining form
a part resembling a foot: pseudopodium
Word Origin
from New Latin: footlike; see podium
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for podium

1743, "raised platform around an ancient arena," also "projecting base of a pedestal," from Latin podium "raised platform," from Greek podion "foot of a vase," diminutive of pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Meaning "raised platform at the front of a hall or stage" is from 1947.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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