[stey-tuhs, stat-uhs]
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.

1665–75; < Latin: the condition of standing, stature, status, equivalent to sta- (variant stem of stāre to stand) + -tus suffix of v. action

nonstatus, adjective

2. See state. Unabridged
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status (ˈsteɪtəs)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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

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

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Cultural Dictionary

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.
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Example sentences
Then there's the obsession with other people's statuses.
In addition, the fact that our statuses are different also does not give you the right to behave towards me in the manner you did.
Furthermore, many families consist of people with different legal statuses.
It isn't surprising given the highly autonomous statuses of the two regions.
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