noun, sta·tus often attributive \ˈstā-təs, ˈsta-\
: the position or rank of someone or something when compared to others in a society, organization, group, etc.
: high position or rank in society
: the official position of a person or thing according to the law
a : position or rank in relation to others <the status of a father>
b : relative rank in a hierarchy of prestige; especially : high prestige
: the condition of a person or thing in the eyes of the law
: state or condition with respect to circumstances <the status of the negotiations>
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Examples of STATUS
- They want to maintain the city's status as a major tourist attraction.
- He wants to improve his status in the community.
- people of different social and economic statuses
- She married a man of status and wealth.
- This job brings with it a measure of status.
- They sought asylum and were given refugee status by the government.
- They are still considered refugees. Their statuses have not changed.
Origin of STATUS
Latin — more at state
First Known Use: circa 1630
: position or rank of a person or thing <I lost my status as an amateur.>
: state of affairs : situation <What is the patient's medical status?>
: a particular state or condition <a patient's neurological status>