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)
Definition for podium (2 of 2)
Origin of -podium
Examples from the Web for podium
Biden, after all, is known for his unbuttoned comments from the podium.
By the time Gurira took her place at the Google podium to read from the play, the audience was primed for emotion.
But King just stepped up to the podium and delivered one of the finest speeches of his life.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece|Malcolm Jones|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Red tie and blue shirt-clad Paul walked casually in front of the audience and, like a normal person, stood behind the podium.
On the outskirts of the partisan mayhem, a smaller crowd gathered as a heavy-set man strode up to a podium in front of them.
The watchman blocked Mark's escape and looked toward the podium in an automatic appeal to Dr. Grant.Ye of Little Faith|Roger Phillips Graham
Like the Etruscan temple, it is raised on a podium, and approached by a flight of steps.
No other seats were open to them unless they were of sufficient distinction to claim a place upon the podium.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
Like most of the Roman temples, this edifice is elevated on a foundation (the podium), and turned toward the north.The Wonders of Pompeii|Marc Monnier
It did him good, by contrast, to hear a hearty peal of laughter that came up from the lowest ranks of the podium.Serapis, Complete|Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for podium (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for podium (2 of 2)
n combining form
Word Origin for -podium
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.