Cambridge Dictionary

Status noun

an accepted or official position, especially in a social group:

The association works to promote the status of retired people as useful members of the community.

There has been an increase in applications for refugee status.

The success of her book has given her unexpected celebrity status.

Applicants should have a degree or a qualification of equal status

    Few would dispute his status as the finest artist of the period.

    They want to elevate the status of teachers.

    It’s a very hierarchical organization in which everyone’s status is clearly defined.

    John Lennon gained iconic status following his death.

    The school has charitable status.

status noun (RESPECT)

the amount of respect, admiration, or importance given to a person, organization, or object:

high/low status

As the daughter of the president, she enjoys high status among her peers.

The leaders were often more concerned with status and privilege than with the problems of the people.

status noun (SOCIAL MEDIA)

on a social media website, especially Facebook™, a piece of information that you publish about yourself telling people what you are doing, thinking, etc. at a particular time.



status noun, often attributive

Definition of status

1              a : 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

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.




1. uncountable noun

Your status is your social or professional position.

The fact that the burial involved an expensive coffin signifies that the person was of high status.

…women and men of wealth and status.

… her former status as a vice-president of the Spanish Athletics Federation.

Synonyms: position, rank, grade, degree [archaic]

2. uncountable noun

Status is the importance and respect that someone has among the public or a particular group.

Nurses are undervalued, and they never enjoy the same status as doctors.

He has risen to gain the status of a national hero.

3. uncountable noun

The status of something is the importance that people give it.

Those things that can be assessed by external tests are being given unduly high status.

The fact that the most senior judge of the High Court’s Family Division had taken control of the case was proof of its urgency and status.

4. uncountable noun

A particular status is an official description that says what category a person, organization, or place belongs to, and gives them particular rights or advantages.

Bristol regained its status as a city in the local government reorganisation.

…his status as a British citizen.

The WHO recommendation has no legal status.

The personal allowance depends on your age and marital status.

5. uncountable noun

The status of something is its state of affairs at a particular time.

She prepared a status report on the project.

What is your current financial status?

Please keep us informed of the status of this project.

Synonyms: state of play, development, progress, condition 

Urban Dictionary


A word that you use after another word to describe someone.

Bnay: “OMG.. look at that guy..”

Binny: “I know.. total nigg status right there..”

a word used to describe level of…

his legs are hella gorlia status!

– he has very hairy legs


an event or thing that punks you out and is disrespectful on so many freakin levels.

He statused the hell out of me when he said I had no game!


a way of measuring how much the man you are…Can be gained by doing many things for instance: pulling bitches, coming through in the clutch, saying something extremely funny, doing something slick, or punking someone.

Behemoth:awww yo dog that bitch just forced you to lean back kyle”

All:”Awww man Status lost”


the deez: “Dude i just shanked that wack dinosaur-lookin bitchs alcohol”

kai: “word gain of status man”


(Adj) A word that describes something that is high class, legit, and unquestionably absolute.

Something awesomely unexpected that happens.

Describing a person that is so poplar, confident or elite that they can do whatever they want.

No shoes, no shirt, and I still get service – that’s status.


status, as in being in pimp status.

sophia is status. pimp status.

Is Status Important?

I have been pondering on this subject a little of late. The committee post previous, was inspired by the vast number of committees I was on 15 years ago. I was even chair of a couple. In universities status and perceived status are taken seriously. Reputation is mucho importante.

There is a related question, of a more philosophical bent. Is status real, a real measurable phenomenon of the universe? Does status only exist in the minds of currently incarnated humans?

If you put a high status being and a low status being of the same age and physical condition into a jungle at night. Which one would a hungry leopard eat first? Which one would be best suited to survive?

Because my dad made me read “don’t die in the bundu” when I was ten I would probably have a better chance than a UK based city dweller of the same age and physicality, say a former colleague. I have no status here, really. I am retired and a foreigner to boot, one that does not speak much French.

It is really funny in some ways. I have no power by association. I have written to a number of academics about the patent application and a proof-of-concept study, but because my email is a private one, not one single one of them has had the decency to reply. I am nobody, I don’t belong to a fancy institution. I must be a pleb. 15 years ago, they would have gotten back to me because of the address.

Sorry, this is slightly misleading, one did reply an English academic working in a French university. He knew my supervisor, and this was the cause of his reply and he was nice and polite.

When people develop web-based forms there often is an “affiliation” box which needs to be filled in, along with a “position”.  These boxes often do not accept private individual and retired, being a little sarcastic I have tried retarded, that does not work either.

I recently did the Intellectual Property Survey for the EU Quantum Flagship; this allowed a box “other”. It was asking if I was a professional in the field. I clicked other and it said specify, so I said, “eccentric amateur and former start up founder”. It asked had I submitted some IP, I said yes.

It asked about which company I belonged to, because this is EU it actually allowed private individual, after the French particulier. It was not happy with my response to the position box, so if I remember correctly, I fudged that one.

Internet forms assume status and affiliation!

From a Buddhist viewpoint status must be a part of the great illusion, yet they crown and invest Tulkus in some traditions. Human beings have a thing about status. Many like to name drop because that gives them “kudos”.  Which is higher status David Beckham or Boris Johnson? I once had a drink with X, I know Y very well. My parrot is nephew of one that Kanye West owns.

The guy that came to fit the wood burner, was nice enough and he told us how it worked. I told him that I was a pyromaniac {in French} and he did not know quite what to say. I went on to explain that I used to teach chemistry and that like many who do this, fire is a cool thing. Now many people had a hard time with science in school and when you mention things like this it often causes a reaction. You become the torturer.

I have been “told” that this is my very last lifetime here which makes be a non-returner. Does that confer status?

What if I said that I was an initiate, would that confer status?

Why are people so hung up with this status thingy??

I can see that they are, but I don’t get personally why it seems to be such a big deal for some…