- 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 (third-person singular simple present podiums, present participle podiuming, simple past and past participle podiumed)
From Ancient Greek πόδιον (“base”), from diminutive of πούς (“foot”).