- a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, a public speaker, the recipient of a sports medal, etc.
- 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.
- a counter or booth, as one at an airport for handling tickets or dispensing information.
- Zoology, Anatomy. a foot.
- Botany. a footstalk or stipe.
- (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
Examples from the Web for podia
Historical Examples of podia
The temples were built on lofty platforms (podia), to give them a more commanding appearance.Rambles in Rome
S. Russell Forbes
- 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
- the terminal part of a vertebrate limb
- any footlike organ, such as the tube foot of a starfish
Word Origin 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.