What does podium mean?

Definitions for podiumˈpoʊ di əm; -di ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump, soapbox(noun)

    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it


  1. podium(Noun)

    A platform on which to stand, as when conducting an orchestra or preaching at a pulpit.

  2. podium(Noun)

    A stand used to hold notes when speaking publicly.

  3. podium(Noun)

    A steepled platform upon which the three competitors with the best results may stand when being handed their medals or prize.

  4. podium(Noun)

    A result amongst the best three at a competition.

  5. podium(Verb)

    To finish in the top three at an event or competition.

  6. Origin: From podium, from πόδιον, from diminutive of πούς.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Podium(noun)

    a low wall, serving as a foundation, a substructure, or a terrace wall

  2. Podium(noun)

    the dwarf wall surrounding the arena of an amphitheater, from the top of which the seats began

  3. Podium(noun)

    the masonry under the stylobate of a temple, sometimes a mere foundation, sometimes containing chambers

  4. Podium(noun)

    the foot

  5. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. , dim. of , , foot. See Pew.]


  1. Podium

    A podium is a platform that is used to raise something to a short distance above its surroundings. It derives from the Greek πόδι. In architecture a building can rest on a large podium. Podia can also be used to raise people, for instance the conductor of an orchestra stands on a podium as do many public speakers. Podium has also come to mean the object a speaker stands behind and sets papers or books upon even when it is at floor level, though the correct term for that item is lectern. The terms are not identical; one typically stands on a podium, but one typically stands behind a lectern. In sports, a type of podium is used to honor the top three competitors in events such as the Olympics. In the Olympics a three level podium is used, the highest level in the centre holds the gold medalist, to their right is a somewhat lower one for the silver medalist. To the left of the gold medalist is an even lower platform for the bronze medalist. In many sports, results in the top three of a competition are often referred to as podiums, or podium finishes. In some individual sports, "podiums" is an official statistic, referring to the number of top three results an athlete has achieved over the course of a season or career.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Podium

    pō′di-um, n. a continuous pedestal, a stylobate: (anat.) a foot: (bot.) a support, as a foot-stalk.—adj. Pō′dial.—ns. Podis′mus, spasm of the muscles of the foot; Pō′dite, a limb of a crustacean when ambulatory.—adj. Podit′ic.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of podium in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of podium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andrea Dovizioso:

    We go to Qatar to get on the podium.

  2. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

    I just said thank you, i have more class than that. I shook his hand and went to the podium.

  3. Rickie Fowler:

    It's a strong field. But The Americans're the only country with a chance for a podium sweep.

  4. Thomas DiMassimo:

    I thought my chances of getting up on stage and getting to the podium would have been better.

  5. Marco Rubio:

    That journey from behind that bar to behind this podium, that's the essence of the American dream.

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