Middle English posycion, from Anglo-French posicioun, from Latin position-, positio, from ponere to lay down, put, place, from Old Latin posinere, from po- away (akin to Old Church Slavic po-, perfective prefix, Greek apo away) + Latin sinere to leave 14th Century
- 1: an act of placing or arranging: as a : the laying down of
- 2: a point of view adopted and held to <made my position on the issue clear>
- 3a : the point or area occupied by a physical object : location <took her position at the head of the line>
- b : a certain arrangement of bodily parts <rose to a standing position>
- 4: a market commitment in securities or commodities; also : the inventory of a market trader
- 5a : relative place, situation, or standing <is now in a position to make decisions on his own>
- b : social or official rank or status
- c : an employment for which one has been hired : job <a position with a brokerage firm>
- d : a situation that confers advantage or preference
Position in team sports refers to the joint arrangement of a team on its field of play during a game and to the standardized place of any individual player in that arrangement. Much instruction, strategy, and reporting is organized by a set of individual player positions that is standard for the sport.
Some player positions may be official, others unofficial. For example, baseball rules govern the pitcher by that name, but not the shortstop, where pitcher and shortstop are two of baseball's nine fielding positions.