- A platform on which to stand, as when conducting an orchestra or preaching at a pulpit.
- (sometimes 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.
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.
- (stand used to hold notes when speaking publicly): lectern
- (sports, colloquial) To finish in the top three at an event or competition.
The swimmer podiumed three times at the Olympics.
- “podium” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- Aragonese: podio (borrowing), pueyo
- Asturian: podiu (borrowing), poyu
- Catalan: podi (borrowing), puig
- English: podium (borrowing), pew (through Middle French)
- French: podium (borrowing), puy
- Galician: podio (borrowing), poio
- Italian: podio (borrowing), poggio
- 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 Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], 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