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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 ends of the seat or 'podium,' are concealed by boldly carved wings.

    The Care of Books John Willis Clark
  • Cassius, standing in Csar's podium, seemed puny compared with that Lygian.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Behind the podium was a double portico, which ran round the whole building.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • It seems now much larger on account of the removal of the wall of the podium.

    Old Rome

    Robert Burn
  • Calmly, Lester produced a hundred-dollar bill and slid it across the podium.


    Cory Doctorow
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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