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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Hermic took the lead in lap 144, but his first-place status lasted only eight laps. Charlie Hatch,, "Christopher Bell wins NASCAR XFinity Series ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway," 14 July 2018 And with each win, Baez continues to enhance his All-Star status. Mark Gonzales,, "Javier Baez's rock star performance moves Cubs into first place," 14 July 2018 And now, his icon status is getting fuel from an unlikely place: local library paint-alongs with wait lists to get in. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 But 46 children were deemed ineligible for reunification – 22 for safety concerns and 24 because of their parents’ current immigration status. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump admin says all eligible immigrant children reunited with families, but some still held for safety concerns," 13 July 2018 Mullally reveals, however, that when the show returns, Karen will be changing her relationship status to single. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Megan Mullally Disappointed in 'Will and Grace' Comedy Series Snub," 12 July 2018 Many of the most beloved figures in cartoon history attained their iconic status through the enduring and easy relatability of the aggressively stupid. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "How did Patrick Star of ‘SpongeBob’ become a meme phenomenon?," 12 July 2018 Meghan Markle, with her messy buns and affinity for affordable beauty products, has just cemented her status as the princess of the people: Apparently, the Duchess of Sussex has been doing her own makeup throughout her recent international trip. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Meghan Markle Has Been Doing Her Own Makeup While Touring Ireland With Prince Harry," 12 July 2018 In the Kavanaugh Court, extending rights claims beyond their already elastic status is going to require more rigor than appeals to a judge’s personal sensibilities or a theory of social organization developed in law journals. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Kavanaugh and the Culture Wars," 11 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

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

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Phrases Related to status

marital status

status symbol

the status quo

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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

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