See also: statussymbol
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsteɪtəs ˈsɪmbəl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsteɪtəs ˈsɪmbəl/, /ˈstæ-/, [-ɾəs]
- Hyphenation: sta‧tus sym‧bol
- A visible possession that is a sign of one's personal wealth or social status.
- 1971 August 18, Edward C. Fritz, witness, “Statement of Edward C. Fritz, Air Quality Coalition of North Central Texas”, in Public Hearings on Noise Abatement and Control […], volume III (Urban Planning, Architectural Design; and Noise in the Home), Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, published 1973, OCLC 65154000, page 5:
- There are power mowers, which industry and technology are efficiently building noisier and noisier and bigger and bigger. And it seems that the power mower is something that is a status symbol now, and the rate of status depends on the amount of noise that you are able to put out.
- 1995, Larry C. Ingram, “What’s in a Name? The Significance of Position”, in The Study of Organizations: Positions, Persons, and Patterns, Westport, Conn.; London: Praeger Publishing, Greenwood Publishing Group, →ISBN, page 31:
- In addition to facilitating identification, status symbols have two other functions. First, they act to dignify relationships, to bring a sense of formality or respectability to the situation. [...] Second, status symbols are often important in motivation. One has to be amazed at the time and effort that a high school athlete will invest to earn the right to wear a letter jacket—which his parents will have to purchase in many school districts!
- 2015, Jennifer A. Jordan, “A Short History of Heirloom Tomatoes”, in Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes & Other Forgotten Foods, Chicago, Ill.; London: University of Chicago Press, →ISBN, page 65:
- It can be a good thing for biodiversity to have a turkey or tomato become a status symbol. [...] [T]he heirloom tomato does not decrease in availability when it becomes a symbol of elite status and good taste.
- 2018 June 5, Jonah Engel Bromwich; Vanessa Friedman; Matthew Schneier, “Kate Spade, whose handbags carried women into adulthood, is dead at 55”, in The New York Times, New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, ISSN 0362-4331, OCLC 971436363:
- Her [Kate Spade's] name became a shorthand for the cute, clever bags that were an instant hit with cosmopolitan women in the early stages of their careers and, later, young girls – status symbols of a more attainable, all-American sort than a Fendi clutch or Chanel bag.
- status symbol on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- “status symbol, n.” in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press.
- “status symbol” in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Longman.
- “status symbol” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- “status symbol” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- “status symbol” (US) / “status symbol” (UK) in Macmillan English Dictionary.