noun, plural ros·tra [ros-truh], /ˈrɒs trə/, ros·trums.
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What does rostrum mean?
Rostrum most commonly means a kind of platform for public speaking.
Rostrum also has a few very different meanings.
In biology, a rostrum is a beak or beaklike part. This sense of the word was extended to refer to the beaklike projection on the prow of a ship, especially one on an ancient Roman warship that was used for ramming enemy ships. The ancient Romans sometimes decorated columns and platforms with the rostrums of captured ships (or with representations of them). This led to the use of the word rostrum to refer to a speaking platform.
The adjective rostral can be used to describe such columns (called rostral columns). Rostral is also used in the context of anatomy, especially of animals, to describe things that have or resemble a beak or snout.
The correct plural form of rostrum can be rostrums or rostra.
Example: I’m always nervous before a big speech, but I become calm as soon as I step onto the rostrum.
Where does rostrum come from?
The first records of the word rostrum in English come from the 1500s. It comes from the Latin rōstrum, meaning “snout,” “bill,” “beak of a bird,” or “ship’s prow” (when used in its plural form, rōstra, it referred to a speaker’s platform, a reference to the fact that this platform in the Roman forum was decorated with the prows of captured ships).
The word rostrum is used to mean slightly different things in different contexts and places, such as in a theater or an orchestra venue. In a church, the rostrum is the pulpit. In any case, rostrums are usually raised in some way so that the audience can see the speaker.
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What are some other forms related to rostrum?
- rostrums (plural)
- rostra (plural)
- rostral (adjective)
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How is rostrum used in real life?
Rostrum is most commonly used to refer to a speaking platform.
— Richard Madley (@iplauctioneer) February 19, 2017
Young tried to go up to the Speaker's rostrum to speak and was redirected to the floor podium.
— Brandon J. Smith (@brandonjsmith5) February 21, 2017
— spineless.chordate (@alfaizinsakit) August 13, 2020
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Example sentences 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