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[stey-tuh s, stat-uh s] /ˈsteɪ təs, ˈstæt əs/
the position of an individual in relation to another or others, especially in regard to social or professional standing.
state or condition of affairs:
Arbitration has failed to change the status of the disagreement.
Law. the standing of a person before the law.
conferring or believed to confer elevated status:
a status car; a status job.
Origin of status
1665-75; < Latin: the condition of standing, stature, status, equivalent to sta- (variant stem of stāre to stand) + -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms
nonstatus, adjective
2. See state. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for status
  • Dazzler hides her status as a mutant from all but those closest to her.
  • The phonemic status of some of the vowels in question is relatively unclear.
  • Iq does not explain the inheritance of economic status and wealth.
  • Wagon, chariot and carriage symbol and status in the history of transport.
  • Also, utilitarianism was originally developed as a challenge to the status quo.
  • Guaranteed positions within the new madrasahs thus allowed them to maintain status.
  • The social status was becoming increasingly based on the size of feudal land possessions.
  • A change of social status also requires bestowing a new name on that particular person.
  • Although the quality of his work declined, he enjoyed increasing wealth and status.
  • He also considers the phenomenon of male status seeking, which he calls male attainment.
British Dictionary definitions for status


noun (pl) -tuses
a social or professional position, condition, or standing to which varying degrees of responsibility, privilege, and esteem are attached
the relative position or standing of a person or thing
a high position or standing; prestige: he has acquired a new status since he has been in that job
the legal standing or condition of a person
a state of affairs
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: posture, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for status

1670s, "height," later "legal standing of a person" (1791), from Latin status "condition, position, state, manner, attitude," from stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "social or professional standing" is from 1820. Status symbol first recorded 1955.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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status in Medicine

status sta·tus (stā'təs, stāt'əs)
A state or condition.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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status in Culture

status definition

The relative position of an individual within a group, or of a group within a society.

Note: Though the term can refer to either high or low standing, it is often used only to imply a position of prestige.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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