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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.

a counter or booth, as one at an airport for handling tickets or dispensing information.
Zoology, Anatomy. a foot.
Botany. a footstalk or stipe.
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


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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