noun, plural po·di·ums, po·di·a [poh-dee-uh] /ˈpoʊ di ə/.
- a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome.
- a stereobate for a classical temple, especially one with perpendicular sides.
- the masonry supporting a classical temple.
- a raised platform surrounding the arena of an ancient Roman amphitheater having on it the seats of privileged spectators.
verb (used without object)
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
noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
- the terminal part of a vertebrate limb
- any footlike organ, such as the tube foot of a starfish
Word Origin for podium
Word Origin and History for podia
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.