- 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.
Words nearby podium
Other definitions for podium (2 of 2)
Origin of -podium
WORDS THAT USE -PODIUM
What does -podium mean?
The form –podium comes from Greek pódion, meaning “little foot.” The Latin cognate of pódion is pēs, “foot,” and is the source of several combining forms related to the lower extremities, including –ped, –pede, and pedi–. Discover more at our Words That Use articles for each of these three forms.
What are variants of –podium?
The form -podium is a variant of –pode. It also shares an origin with the combining forms pod–, podo–, –pod, –poda, and –podous. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for all these forms.
Examples of -podium
One example of a scientific term that features the form –pode is monopodium, a technical term for the single trunk or stem some plants, such as orchids, have.
Mono- may look familiar to you; it means “one, single,” from Greek mónos. The form –podium means “footlike part.” Monopodium literally translates to “(organism with) one footlike part.”
What are some words that use the combining form –podium?
- lycopodium (using the equivalent form of –podium in Latin)
- stylopodium (using the equivalent form of –podium in Latin)
- sympodium (using the equivalent form of –podium in Greek)
What are some other forms that –podium may be commonly confused with?
How to use podium in a sentence
From a glass podium, she told the crowd that the election had been “stolen” and played up her efforts to fight gun control in Virginia, according to a video posted on her official Senate page, which Facebook suspended last week.Democrats seek censure of Virginia state senator who praised Capitol rioters|Laura Vozzella|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
In the hallways, some members of the mob carried signs from offices, tech trophies and even a podium.The Breach of the Capitol Spooked Us — As It Should Have|Philip Elliott|January 7, 2021|Time
While the IOC has repeatedly said protests don’t belong inside Olympic venues, on the playing field or on a medals podium, the organization has begun to explore other ways athletes can use their platforms to voice their opinions.After pushback, U.S. Olympic leaders say they won’t punish athletes for social justice protests|Rick Maese|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — who had himself a Zoom podium game — actually led the Lakers in scoring during the opening stanza, when Butler seemingly couldn’t be stopped.Jimmy Butler Started Hot. Then The Lakers Cooled Him Down.|Jared Dubin|October 7, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
The real financial windfall for a successful runner is made through sponsorships, where finishing on the podium can gain an athlete millions of dollars in corporate backing.Inside a secret running program at Nike and a win-at-all-costs corporate culture|Rachel King|October 6, 2020|Fortune
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.
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
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
The Cuban Ambassador, whose seat was nearest the podium, crossed the plush rail and rushed to Tabio's wheel chair.The Five Arrows|Allan Chase
Paintings and inscriptions covered the walls or podium of the arena.The Wonders of Pompeii|Marc Monnier
A brick podium under the right end column of the Arch of Severus marks its site.Rambles in Rome|S. Russell Forbes
British Dictionary definitions for podium (1 of 2)
- the terminal part of a vertebrate limb
- any footlike organ, such as the tube foot of a starfish