Example: A student receiving a letter of recommendation for an elite university from a prestigious individual in the field.
Audio Pronunciation: (sta·tus len·der)
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- Plural: status lenders
- Term 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).
- Social climbers attach themselves to status lenders.
- Status lender used in a sentence: My boss was a status lender when he recommended me for a promotion in another department.