Definition of podium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpōdēəm/

noun (plural podiums or podia /-dēə/)

1A small platform on which a person may stand to be seen by an audience, as when making a speech or conducting an orchestra.
Example sentences
  • A seemingly proud Hilary Modeste stood at the podium to deliver his speech for the evening.
  • One needs only to imagine the American professor standing at the podium before a Muslim audience.
  • Change does not come from above: it's not the result of speeches from podiums - it's the outcome of the way people conduct their lives.
platform, stage, dais, rostrum, stand, soapbox
1.1North American A lectern.
Example sentences
  • There was a desk, some chairs, a podium, and a screen on the back wall.
  • Stepping aside to allow the president through, Cindy Collins took her seat in a folding chair behind the podium.
  • The hostess nodded and motioned for them to follow her, moving from the podium, past two tables of diners and to a small two person table.
1.2(In some sporting events) a structure consisting of three adjacent platforms of different heights, on which the competitors finishing in first, second, and third places receive their awards: it was more than I could imagine to be up on the podium and singing the national anthem
More example sentences
  • Visitors have the chance to create some Olympic memories of their own with a photograph on the winner's podium.
  • After three year's of dominance by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari there is competition for positions on both the grid and the podium once again.
  • It's wonderful that we have such a great pairs team in the US that will hopefully make the podium at Salt Lake.
1.3A continuous projecting base or pedestal under a building.
Example sentences
  • With the exception of the lowest level - where the concrete forms a stepped podium for the building - it is clad with metal and glass.
  • In the foreground there were screens of columns standing on a projecting podium and supporting an entablature.
  • We ended up building on a podium on the west side.
1.4A raised platform surrounding the arena in an ancient amphitheater.
Example sentences
  • The keep, begun about 1074-6, incorporates much Roman masonry and was raised on the concrete podium of the Roman temple.
  • The donjon was located on the podium of the former Roman temple of Claudius, also the site of a Late Saxon villa regalis.


[no object] chiefly US
(Of a competitor) finish first, second, or third, so as to appear on a podium for an award: I’ve had great results in the sprint and I’ve podiumed in the individual
More example sentences
  • This is the team in which every rider has podiumed in an NRC event.
  • She podiumed at the recently stacked Des Moines Triathlon World Cup.
  • Do you hope to podium, or will that take a while?


Mid 18th century: via Latin from Greek podion, diminutive of pous, pod- 'foot'.

Words that rhyme with podium

odeum, odium, plasmodium, sodium

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Syllabification: po·di·um

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