- The definition of a podium is a raised area where you stand to give a presentation or command attention.
A little raised area in the front of the classroom where the professor and students can stand to talk to be more visible is an example of the podium.
nounpl. podia , podiums
- a low wall serving as a pedestal or foundation
- a low wall separating the seats from the arena in an ancient amphitheater
- a continuous bench projecting from the walls of a room
- a low platform, esp. for the conductor of an orchestra; dais
- lectern (sense )
- Zool. a hand or foot, or a footlike structure
Origin of podiumClassical Latin balcony, podium, raised place ; from Classical Greek (hypo)podion, footstool ; from hypo-, under + podion, diminutive of pous (gen. podos), foot
Origin of -podiumModern Latin ; from Classical Greek pous (gen. podos), foot
nounpl. po·di·ums or po·di·a
- An elevated platform, as for an orchestra conductor or public speaker.
- A stand for holding the notes of a public speaker; a lectern.
- Architecture a. A low wall serving as a foundation.b. A wall circling the arena of an ancient amphitheater.
- Biology A structure resembling or functioning as a foot.
intransitive verbpo·di·umed, po·di·um·ing, po·di·ums Sports
Origin of podiumLatin, from Greek podion, base, diminutive of pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(plural podiums or podia)
- A platform on which to stand, as when conducting an orchestra or preaching at a pulpit.
- (proscribed) A stand used to hold notes when speaking publicly.
- (sports and other competitions) A steepled platform upon which the three competitors with the best results may stand when being handed their medals or prize.
- (sports) A result amongst the best three at a competition.
- A low wall, serving as a foundation, a substructure, or a terrace wall.
Some people object to the “stand for holding notes” sense on the grounds that because of its etymology, podium ought to refer to something that is stood upon (that at least pertains to the feet in some way), and that lectern should instead be used, as it refers to “reading”.
(third-person singular simple present podiums, present participle podiuming, simple past and past participle podiumed)
From Latin podium, from Ancient Greek πόδιον (podion, “base”), from diminutive of πούς (pous, “foot”).