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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To check the status of a specific animal, please contact the shelter directly. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Daisy the adventurous and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 7 June 2019 Pro-Brexit Conservatives accused May of capitulating to pro-EU demands over the border status of Northern Ireland, part of the U.K. that shares a land border with EU-member Ireland. USA TODAY, "Women's World Cup, NBA Finals Game 4, 'Dark Phoenix': 5 things to know Friday," 7 June 2019 To be sure, the status of CBD products remains complicated. Cecilia Aguiar-curry, The Mercury News, "Opinion: On CBD, California’s cannabis laws stricter than the feds’," 7 June 2019 To the extent that the subject's employment status has anything to do with these events, that will be part of the ongoing investigation. David Shortell, CNN, "He resigned from his job, then killed 12 people. Police don't know why," 4 June 2019 The two have dominated the music industry for years, and while most have likely assumed the pair’s combined net worth to be extremely high, the news of Jay reaching billionaire status brings the power couple to a whole new level., "Jay-Z Is Officially The World's First Billionaire Rapper," 4 June 2019 Robert Kidney and his fellow Northeast Ohio bandmates have pretty much achieved that local-legend status. Chuck Yarborough,, "Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the Numbers band take over Also Playing," 3 June 2019 Throughout all of the transgressions, however, Tiger's status as one of the greatest golfers of all time remains. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "An In-Depth Look at Tiger Woods' Unbelievable Career and Impressive Net Worth," 17 May 2019 But Shanghai’s emerging status works in young designers’ favor, especially Ma’s, who has been able to shine as the calendar’s breakout star. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Ming Ma, Shanghai’s Breakout Designer, Talks His Influences and the Future of Chinese Fashion," 4 Apr. 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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