- 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
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 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.