Simple Definition of status
: 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
Full Definition of status
1a : position or rank in relation to others <the status of a father>b : relative rank in a hierarchy of prestige; especially : high prestige
2 : the condition of a person or thing in the eyes of the law
3 : state or condition with respect to circumstances <the status of the negotiations>
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up status? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).