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Lectern vs Podium vs Pulpit vs Rostrum

Lectern is a small slanted stand that supports papers or books.

  • That way you can glance at your notes when you are not behind the lectern.

Podium is an elevated small platform where one stands.

  • Tears ran down her face as she stood on the winner’s podium.

A pulpit is the same as a lectern but found in a church.

Rostrum is also a platform but larger than a podium and usually more decorative.

  • As he stood on the winner’s rostrum, he sang the words of the national anthem.

Memory hook: You stand behind a lectern or pulpit and on a podium or rostrum.