Definition of pole position in English:

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pole position

Pronunciation: /pōl pəˈziSHən/


1The most favorable position at the start of an automobile race, typically on the inside of the front row of competitors.
Example sentences
  • He won the pole position at Texas Motor Speedway in September of 2002 and finished a career-best third in that event.
  • He started the last two races from the pole position.
  • Rockenfeller responded with the fastest time in every practice session, the pole position and the race victory.
1.1A leading or dominant position: a company boasting the pole position in the communications business


1950s: from a 19th-century use of pole in horse racing, denoting the starting position next to the inside boundary fence.

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Syllabification: pole po·si·tion

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