noun, plural ros·tra [ros-truh] /ˈrɒs trə/, ros·trums.
Origin of rostrum
Examples from the Web for rostrum
It was hard not to get mixed messages from the rostrum, too.Fear and Loathing at the Republican Leadership Conference|David Freedlander|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That nominee had three challenges as he took the rostrum in Tampa.Romney’s Lame Speech Might Have Gone Better Had He Learned From Bush 1 and Al Gore|Robert Shrum|September 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The rostrum became crowded with dignitaries bent on paying the same homage to Anibal Tabio.The Five Arrows|Allan Chase
Rostrum and mentum absent; mouth represented by a minute orifice between the second pair of feet.
Mr. Lowington, on taking the rostrum, said that he had received a petition signed by a majority of the officers and crew.Outward Bound|Oliver Optic
The two other pair of latera, together with the rostrum and sub-carina, form a whorl.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)|Charles Darwin
Goldblatt turned pale and started for the rostrum, while the auctioneer motioned the attendant to hold off for a minute.Object: matrimony|Montague Glass
British Dictionary definitions for rostrum
noun plural -trums or -tra (-trə)
Word Origin for rostrum
Word Origin and History for rostrum
1540s, from Latin rostrum, name of the platform stand for public speakers in the Forum in ancient Rome. It was decorated with the beaks of ships taken in the first naval victory of the Roman republic, over Antium, in 338 B.C.E., and the word's older sense is "end of a ship's prow," literally "beak, muzzle, snout," originally "means of gnawing," instrument noun form of rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent). Cf. claustrum "lock, bar," from claudere "to shut." Extended sense of any platform for public speaking is first recorded 1766. Classical plural form is rostra.