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See also: Podium and pódium


podium (3)


Borrowed from Latin podium, from Ancient Greek πόδιον (pódion, base), from diminutive of πούς (poús, foot).



podium (plural podiums or podia)

  1. A platform on which to stand, as when conducting an orchestra or preaching at a pulpit.
  2. (proscribed) A stand used to hold notes when speaking publicly.
  3. (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.
  4. (sports) A result amongst the best three at a competition.
  5. A low wall, serving as a foundation, a substructure, or a terrace wall.
    1. The dwarf wall surrounding the arena of an amphitheatre, from the top of which the seats began.
    2. The masonry under the stylobate of a temple, sometimes a mere foundation, sometimes containing chambers.


  • (stand used to hold notes when speaking publicly): lectern

Usage notes[edit]

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 (or that at least pertains to the feet in some way), and that lectern should instead be used, as it refers to “reading”. This use is however well established in US English and reported without comment in US dictionaries.



podium (third-person singular simple present podiums, present participle podiuming, simple past and past participle podiumed)

  1. (sports, colloquial) To finish in the top three at an event or competition.
    The swimmer podiumed three times at the Olympics.



  • IPA(key): /ˈpoː.di.(j)ʏm/


podium n (plural podia or podiums, diminutive podiumpje n)

  1. (art, music, theater) stage

Derived terms[edit]



Borrowed from Latin podium. Doublet of puy.


podium m (plural podiums or podia)

  1. podium




Borrowed from Ancient Greek πόδιον (pódion, base), from diminutive of πούς (poús, foot).



podium n (genitive podiī); second declension

  1. balcony, especially in an amphitheater


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative podium podia
genitive podiī podiōrum
dative podiō podiīs
accusative podium podia
ablative podiō podiīs
vocative podium podia



  • podium in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • podium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “podium”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • podium” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • podium in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • podium in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • podium in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin