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Definitions for social status
so·cial sta·tus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. social station, social status, social rank, ranknoun

    position in a social hierarchy

    "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"


  1. social statusnoun

    The honor or prestige attached to one's position in society.


  1. social status

    Social status refers to the recognized ranking of an individual or group within a society based on factors including, but not limited to, wealth, occupation, education level, family background, and reputation. It can determine a person's influence, control, and power within the society, and their access to various resources and opportunities. It can be achieved through personal achievements or ascribed at birth. Status can be hierarchical and may influence social interactions.


  1. Social status

    In sociology or anthropology, social status is the honor or prestige attached to one's position in society. It may also refer to a rank or position that one holds in a group, for example son or daughter, playmate, pupil, etc. Social status, the position or rank of a person or group within the society, can be determined two ways. One can earn their social status by their own achievements, which is known as achieved status. Alternatively, one can be placed in the stratification system by their inherited position, which is called ascribed status. Ascribed statuses can also be defined as those that are fixed for an individual at birth. Ascribed statuses that exist in all societies include those based upon sex, age, race ethnic group and family background. For example, a person born into a wealthy family characterized by traits such as popularity, talents and high values will have many expectations growing up. Therefore, they are given and taught many social roles as they are socially positioned into a family becoming equipped with all these traits and characteristics. Achieved statuses meaning also what the individual acquires during his or her lifetime as a result of the exercise of knowledge, ability, skill and/or perseverance. Occupation provides an example of status that may be either ascribed or achieved, it can be achieved by one gaining the right knowledge and skill to become socially positioned into a higher position of that job; building a persons social identity within the occupation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of social status in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of social status in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of social status in a Sentence

  1. Marjolaine Vignola:

    I am shocked. I am very surprised that a person accused by a woman of rape has been appointed Minister of the Interior, in any European democracy, there are guarantees offered to victims so that they can speak out without fear, whatever the function and whatever the social status of the people they denounce. It sends a scary signal to my client.

  2. Kim Min-jeong:

    The strength, the outer beauty of muscles, the positive attitudes and energetic images of these women become the motivation, women now have higher social status and bigger roles in society.

  3. Guy Hutton:

    They hide intangible impacts such as dignity, social status and security.

  4. The Blonde Jon:

    money SHOULDN’T determine your social status AT ALL, most of us are still in highschool, most of us live with our parents. Not everyone is PUT in a good position. If you have a job, I have so much RESPECT for you. Your working and actually trying to better yourself.

  5. Peter Drucker:

    The honest work of yesterday has lost its social status, its social esteem.

Translations for social status

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  • الحالة الاجتماعيةArabic
  • estatus socialSpanish
  • موقعیت اجتماعیPersian
  • statut socialFrench
  • सामाजिक स्थितिHindi
  • ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಸ್ಥಿತಿKannada
  • 사회적 지위Korean
  • DignitatisLatin
  • sociale statusDutch
  • status społecznyPolish
  • социальный статусRussian
  • சமூக அந்தஸ்துTamil
  • సామాజిక స్థితిTelugu
  • سماجی حیثیتUrdu
  • 社会地位Chinese

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