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status symbol

an object, habit, etc., by which the social or economic status of the possessor may be judged. Unabridged
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  • Automobiles were owned by the government only, and bicycles, a status symbol, were available to only a few.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
British Dictionary definitions for status symbol

status symbol

a possession which is regarded as proof of the owner's social position, wealth, prestige, etc
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status symbol

A position or activity that allows one's social prestige to be displayed, as in She doesn't even drive; that car of hers is purely a status symbol. [ Mid-1900s ]
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