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[poh-dee-uh m] /ˈpoʊ di əm/
noun, plural podiums, podia
[poh-dee-uh] /ˈpoʊ di ə/ (Show IPA)
a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker, etc.
  1. a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome.
  2. a stereobate for a classical temple, especially one with perpendicular sides.
  3. the masonry supporting a classical temple.
  4. 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.
Origin of podium
1605-15; < Latin: elevated place, balcony < Greek pódion little foot, equivalent to pod- pod- + -ion diminutive suffix. See pew


a combining form meaning “footlike part” of an organism, used in the formation of compound words:
monopodium; pseudo-podium.
Also, -pode.
< New Latin; see podium Unabridged
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Examples from the web for podium
  • HE stood behind the podium and appeared to look into the audience, but he could not see.
  • But he faced many barriers before he ever got to a podium.
  • As journalists applauded, jostling photographers had to be restrained from rushing the podium.
  • Looking at the fleet as it stands, the podium is wide open.
  • He takes the podium and greets the crowd in a soft voice.
  • Supporters and detractors were called to testify at a podium a few feet from the president.
  • As he had during each visit, the search-committee chair approached the podium.
  • Looking up is also helpful because your voice will project more clearly when not aimed at the table or podium.
  • You're talking to them, not muttering into the podium.
  • He did smile happily after he mounted the victory podium to the familiar top step.
British Dictionary definitions for podium


noun (pl) -diums, -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
C18: from Latin: platform, balcony, from Greek podion little foot, from pous foot


combining form
a part resembling a foot: pseudopodium
Word Origin
from New Latin: footlike; see podium
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Word Origin and History 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.

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