- 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.
- (stand used to hold notes when speaking publicly): lectern
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”.
- podium in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- podium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- PODIUM in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- podium in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
- podium in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia
- 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