Meaning of STATUS in English

ˈstā]d.əs, ˈsta], ]təs sometimes ˈstȧ] or ˈstä]\ noun

( -es )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Latin — more at state


a. : the condition (as arising out of age, sex, mental incapacity, crime, alienage, or public station) of a person that determines the nature of his legal personality, his legal capacities, and the nature of the legal relations to the state or to other persons into which he may enter

b. : the condition of a political entity (as a state) determining its legal character in relationships with other political entities


a. : position or rank in relation to others (as in a social order, community, class, or profession)

the status of a father

the status of a doctor

reduced to the status of a guerrilla leader — Woodrow Wyatt

the city's status as a tourist attraction — Winthrop Sargeant

— compare role

b. : relative rank in a hierarchy of prestige

the status of a corporation executive in the U.S.

a rigid status system evolved during feudalism

c. : superior rank : high prestige : recognition

academic status — Annabel Gray

her connections gave her status in the group

status symbol

status anxiety

the status seekers … continually straining to surround themselves with visible evidence of the superior rank they are claiming — Vance Packard

3. : state of affairs : situation

the status of the negotiations between company and union officials

the inventory status

4. : an abnormal condition of a person or animal

Synonyms: see state

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.