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master status

Definition of Master Status

(noun) The primary identifying status of an individual that shapes interactions and relationships with others and dominates all other statuses.

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Master Status Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈmæstər ˈsteɪdəs/
      • /ˈmæstər stædəs/
    • British English
      • /ˈmɑːstə ˈsteɪtəs/
      • /ˈmastə ˈsteɪtəs/
  • Syllabification: (mas·ter stat·us)

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Cite the Definition of Master Status

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “master status.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/master-status/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

master status. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/master-status/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “master status.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/master-status/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“master status.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/master-status/>.