|—n , pl -tuses|
|1.||a social or professional position, condition, or standing to which varying degrees of responsibility, privilege, and esteem are attached|
|2.||the relative position or standing of a person or thing|
|3.||a high position or standing; prestige: he has acquired a new status since he has been in that job|
|4.||the legal standing or condition of a person|
|5.||a state of affairs|
|[C17: from Latin: posture, from stāre to stand]|
status sta·tus (stā'təs, stāt'əs)
A state or condition.
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.