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Definition of the missionary position noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the missionary position

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a position for having sex in which a man and a woman face each other, with the man lying on top of the woman Word Originsaid to be so named because early missionaries advocated the position as “proper” to primitive peoples, to whom the practice was unknown.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the missionary position