[ poh-dee-uh m ]
/ ˈpoʊ di əm /

noun, plural po·di·ums, po·di·a [poh-dee-uh] /ˈpoʊ di ə/.

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
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Examples from the Web for podia

  • The temples were built on lofty platforms (podia), to give them a more commanding appearance.

    Rambles in Rome|S. Russell Forbes

British Dictionary definitions for podia


/ (ˈpəʊdɪəm) /

noun plural -diums or -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 for podium

C18: from Latin: platform, balcony, from Greek podion little foot, from pous foot
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