status

noun, often attributive
sta·​tus | \ ˈstā-təs How to pronounce status (audio) , ˈsta- How to pronounce status (audio) \
plural statuses

Essential Meaning of status

1 : the position or rank of someone or something when compared to others in a society, organization, group, etc. He likes his job and the high (social) status that comes with it. She has achieved celebrity status. [=she has become a celebrity] See More ExamplesThey want to maintain the city's status as a major tourist attraction. The book quickly achieved best-seller status. [=became a best seller] He wants to improve his status in the community. people of different social and economic statusesHide
2 : high position or rank in society She married a man of status and wealth. This job brings with it a measure of status.
3 : the official position of a person or thing according to the law They sought asylum and were given refugee status by the government. They are still considered refugees. Their statuses have not changed.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of status in a Sentence

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Eden Health’s services to track and document employee vaccination status. Edward Segal, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The council will also discuss whether to appoint an ad hoc subcommittee to review the city’s financial status and consider placing a tax measure on the November 2022 ballot. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 The state plan focuses on what health officials call the social determinants of health, factors like limited access to mental health care, social inequities and a lack of affordable housing that play a large role in shaping health status. oregonlive, 10 Oct. 2021 In Kentucky, the state Senate passed a resolution granting equal immunity status to those who show proof of vaccination or a positive antibody test. Arthur Allen, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Oct. 2021 The building received city landmark status in 2017; two years later, apartments replaced the offices, but the exterior signage for the original publications remains. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 9 Oct. 2021 This was presumed to be the third-year ball carrier’s breakout season, and the trade of former first-round pick and two-time team rushing leader Sony Michel to Rams late in training camp confirmed Harris’s feature-back status. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Some communications between some people are deemed so important that the law assigns a special status to them. Chuck Rosenberg, Time, 9 Oct. 2021 Congress, in a bipartisan consensus, always has seen itself as the defender of Taiwan’s status even as presidents of both parties over the years treated the PRC with kid gloves in an attempt to modulate Beijing’s behavior. Therese Shaheen, National Review, 9 Oct. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'status.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of status

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for status

Latin — more at state

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About status

Dictionary Entries Near status

statured

status

status in quo

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for status

Last Updated

13 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Status.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/status. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for status

status

noun
sta·​tus | \ ˈstā-təs How to pronounce status (audio) , ˈsta- \

Kids Definition of status

1 : position or rank of a person or thing I lost my status as an amateur.
2 : state of affairs : situation What is the patient's medical status?

status

noun
sta·​tus | \ ˈstāt-əs How to pronounce status (audio) , ˈstat- How to pronounce status (audio) \
plural statuses

Medical Definition of status

: a particular state or condition a patient's neurological status

status

noun
sta·​tus | \ ˈstā-təs, ˈsta- How to pronounce status (audio) \

Legal Definition of status

1a : the condition of a person or a thing in the eyes of the law
b : position or rank in relation to others
2 : the current state of affairs

History and Etymology for status

Latin, mode or condition of being, from stare to stand

More from Merriam-Webster on status

Nglish: Translation of status for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of status for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!