the leading position at the start of a race involving cars or bicycles Word Origin 1950s: from a 19th-cent. use of pole in horse racing, denoting the starting position next to the inside boundary fence.Extra examples Alonso has taken pole position on the grid for Sunday’s race. Rossi claimed his sixth successive pole position. She’s in pole position to grab the Olympic 100m gold. There are several leadership contenders vying for pole position at the moment.