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/ ˈpoʊ di əm /
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noun, plural po·di·ums, po·di·a [poh-dee-uh]. /ˈpoʊ di ə/.
verb (used without object)
(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.
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Origin of podium

1605–15; <Latin: “elevated place, balcony” <Greek pódion “little foot,” equivalent to pod- pod- + -ion diminutive suffix. See pew

Other definitions for podium (2 of 2)


a combining form meaning “footlike part” of an organism, used in the formation of compound words: monopodium; pseudo-podium.
Also -pode.

Origin of -podium

From New Latin; see origin at podium
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What does -podium mean?

The combining formpodium is used like a suffix meaning “footlike part.” It is very occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in botany.

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?

What are some other forms that –podium may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form pseudo means “false” or “pretend.” With this in mind, what is the part of a cell that is known as the pseudopodium?

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British Dictionary definitions for podium (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpəʊdɪəm) /

noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
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
  1. the terminal part of a vertebrate limb
  2. any footlike organ, such as the tube foot of a starfish

Word Origin for podium

C18: from Latin: platform, balcony, from Greek podion little foot, from pous foot

British Dictionary definitions for podium (2 of 2)


n combining form
a part resembling a footpseudopodium

Word Origin for -podium

from New Latin: footlike; see podium
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