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status symbol

noun
1.
an object, habit, etc., by which the social or economic status of the possessor may be judged.
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Examples from the web for status symbol
  • We view a car as a utilitarian thing and not a status symbol.
  • Originally, this special designated number was a desirable status symbol.
  • The quickest remedy, according to government talking heads, is to make toilets into a status symbol.
  • Within polygynous societies, multiple wives often become a status symbol denoting wealth and power.
  • It's a status symbol created by entertainment that is capitalized on by manufacturers and their distributors.
  • The personal private foundation has become the status symbol of wealth.
  • Normal people should wait for the next model, but it's a critical status symbol for the truly wired.
  • Championship rings serve as status symbol, career validation.
  • Among people of means, six-figure aquariums are the latest status symbol.
  • Superluxurious haberdashery is the latest status symbol for really big spenders.
British Dictionary definitions for status symbol

status symbol

noun
1.
a possession which is regarded as proof of the owner's social position, wealth, prestige, etc
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Idioms and Phrases with status symbol

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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