Definition of Status Lender
(noun) An individual that confers status by association with lower-ranked individuals or groups.
Example of Status Lender
- A boss recommending someone for a promotion in another department.
- A student receiving a letter of recommendation for an elite university from a prestigious individual in the field.
Etymology of Status Lender
- Coined by Vance Packard (1914–1996) in The Status Seeker: An Exploration of Class Behavior in America and the Hidden Barriers that Affect You, Your Community, Your Futures (1959).
Status Lender Pronunciation
Syllabification: stat·us lend·er
- American English – /stAY-tuhs lEn-duhr/
- British English – /stAY-tuhs lEn-duh/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈstætəs ˈlɛndər/
- British English – /ˈsteɪtəs ˈlɛndə/
- Plural: status lenders
- Social climbers attach themselves to status lenders.
- achieved status
- ascribed status
- master status
- status consistency
- status declassing
- status offense
- status quo
- status symbol
Cite the Definition of Status Lender
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status lender.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/status-lender/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
status lender. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/status-lender/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status lender.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/status-lender/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“status lender.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/status-lender/>.