podium

[ poh-dee-uh m ]
/ ˈpoʊ di əm /

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.

Nearby words

  1. podiatric medicine,
  2. podiatrist,
  3. podiatry,
  4. podite,
  5. poditic,
  6. podo-,
  7. podocarpus,
  8. podocyte,
  9. pododynamometer,
  10. pododynia

Origin of podium

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

-podium

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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British Dictionary definitions for podium

podium

/ (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
zoology
  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

-podium

n combining form

a part resembling a footpseudopodium

Word Origin for -podium

from New Latin: footlike; see podium

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Word Origin and History for podium

podium

n.

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.

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