noun, often attributive
sta·​tus | \ ˈstā-təs How to pronounce status (audio) , ˈsta- How to pronounce status (audio) \
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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July 30 As the prospect of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal grows ever more likely, the City of London’s status as the center of European finance is in increasing jeopardy. Washington Post, "How Boris Johnson Can Defend the City of London," 18 Sep. 2019 What is the status of the investigation into Inspector General Carolyn Ham? Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "15 minutes with the new DHS commish: Her plan to restore trust in the troubled agency," 15 Sep. 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes that the club's status as a top-six club will be under threat this season after sides like Saturday's opponents, Wolves, continued to strengthen over the summer., "Frank Lampard Admits Sides Have a Chance to Oust Chelsea From Top Six This Season," 14 Sep. 2019 Adding to the challenge for the Trojans is the uncertain status of defensive end Christian Rector, who has not practiced this week after injuring his ankle in the 45-20 win against Stanford. Creg Stephenson |, al, "USC vs. BYU 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 14 Sep. 2019 Far from being a given at the time, the constitutional status of slavery was the subject of intense dispute in the decades before the Civil War. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, "The Anti-Slavery Constitution," 12 Sep. 2019 Fangio admitted late Monday night that Callahan’s status is a concern. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: What happened to the vaunted pass rush in loss to Oakland?," 11 Sep. 2019 The Hong Kong offer would require Britain to cede a corporate crown jewel — one whose roots trace back to 1571 — at a time when London’s centuries-long status as a leading financial capital is already in doubt because of Brexit. New York Times, "A Hong Kong-London Stock Exchange Bid Ties 2 Cities in Turmoil," 11 Sep. 2019 The NBC News affiliate said Williams' no-bail status was the result of her connection to Leonard, who has a $103 million contract with the Clippers. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "NBA star Kawhi Leonard's sister accused of killing 84-year-old woman," 8 Sep. 2019

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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 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?


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

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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

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