noun, often attributive
sta·​tus | \ˈstā-təs, ˈsta- \
plural statuses

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

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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.
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Interesting: Why 2001: A Space Odyssey is still one of the greatest films ever made, 50 years later Despite being a part of the modern canon, 2001’s path to iconic status was a rocky one. Byrd Pinkerton, Vox, "13 of Vox’s best podcast episodes of 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 Her journey from childhood to icon status is compelling and includes 35 of her smash hits. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week," 2 Dec. 2018 Stress is often a contributing factor to someone's mental health status; as a junior in high school, Isan's workload will only double with her Golden Globe Ambassador duties. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Isan Elba on Balancing Her Golden Globe Ambassador Duties and Schoolwork," 16 Nov. 2018 Social issues were very low on the totem pole if there at all, or they were relegated to a status that never got fixed. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why nonprofits should think more like tech companies," 14 Nov. 2018 In addition to the Times profile, Saarinen would get the cover treatment from Time magazine in 1956, cementing his celebrity status. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 That's partially due to the status attributed to the wife of the next king, however. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The First Photos of Kate Middleton Wearing an Special Honor From the Queen Are Breathtaking," 24 Oct. 2018 The piano-playing crooner isn't the only one who could join that exclusive club when the 70th Emmy Awards air on Sept. 17 — Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are also on their way to EGOT status. Mesfin Fekadu,, "An Emmy from being an EGOT: John Legend, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul nearby," 12 July 2018 None of the tournament’s top 10 seeded players made it to the quarterfinals, and this is only the second time in the last decade that every one of those top 10 has been reduced to spectator status for the final. Sam Farmer,, "Serena Williams advances to her 10th Wimbledon final with victory over Julia Goerges," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of status

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for status

Latin — more at state

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English Language Learners 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


sta·​tus | \ˈstā-təs, 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?


sta·​tus | \ˈstāt-əs, ˈstat- \
plural statuses

Medical Definition of status 

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

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sta·​tus | \ˈstā-təs, ˈsta- \

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

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