Etymology
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podium (n.)

1743, in architecture, "raised platform around an ancient arena" (upon which sat persons of distinction), also "projecting base of a pedestal," from Latin podium "raised platform," from Greek podion "foot of a vase," diminutive of pous (genitive podos) "foot," from PIE root *ped- "foot." Meaning "raised platform at the front of a hall or stage" is by 1947.

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Definitions of podium

podium (n.)
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it;
Synonyms: dais / pulpit / rostrum / ambo / stump / soapbox
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