missionary position

noun

Definition of missionary position

: a coital position in which the female lies on her back with the male on top and with his face opposite hers

Origin and Etymology of missionary position

from the name given to the position by Trobriand islanders


Medical Dictionary

missionary position

noun mis·sion·ary position \ ˈmish-ə-ˌner-ē-ˌ \

medical Definition of missionary position

: a coital position in which the female lies on her back with the male on top and with his face opposite hers

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