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Topic: BUILDINGS

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek podion, from pous 'foot'

podium

noun
     
po‧di‧um [countable]
1TBB a small raised area for a performer, speaker, or musical conductor to stand on
2 American English a high sloping surface for putting an open book or notes on while you are giving a speech to a lot of people - some people think that this use is incorrect [= lectern]:
Several speakers took the podium (=spoke from it) that night.
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