- 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
- a combining form meaning “footlike part” of an organism, used in the formation of compound words: monopodium; pseudo-podium.
Origin of -podium
Examples from the Web for podium
Contemporary Examples of podium
Biden, after all, is known for his unbuttoned comments from the podium.Joe Biden: ‘I’ll Kill Your Son’
December 12, 2014
By the time Gurira took her place at the Google podium to read from the play, the audience was primed for emotion.Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Vs. Boko Haram
Kristi York Wooten
November 30, 2014
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
October 16, 2014
Red tie and blue shirt-clad Paul walked casually in front of the audience and, like a normal person, stood behind the podium.Paul, Cruz Duel at ‘Values Voter’ Event
September 26, 2014
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.For the Right Price, You Can Buy This Candidate
August 9, 2014
Historical Examples of podium
The ends of the seat or 'podium,' are concealed by boldly carved wings.The Care of Books
John Willis Clark
Cassius, standing in Csar's podium, seemed puny compared with that Lygian.Quo Vadis
Behind the podium was a double portico, which ran round the whole building.Rambles in Rome
S. Russell Forbes
It seems now much larger on account of the removal of the wall of the podium.Old Rome
Calmly, Lester produced a hundred-dollar bill and slid it across the podium.Makers
- 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
- a part resembling a footpseudopodium
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.