n pl , -tuses
1 a social or professional position, condition, or standing to which varying degrees of responsibility, privilege, and esteem are attached
2 the relative position or standing of a person or thing
3 a high position or standing; prestige
he has acquired a new status since he has been in that job
4 the legal standing or condition of a person
5 a state of affairs (C17: from Latin: posture, from stare to stand)
n usually preceded by: the the existing state of affairs
(literally: the state in which)
n a possession which is regarded as proof of the owner's social position, wealth, prestige, etc.
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