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status lender

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

Status Lender Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈsteɪdəs ˈlɛndər/
      • /stædəs ˈlɛndər/
    • British English /ˈsteɪtəs ˈlɛndə/
  • Syllabification: (stat·us lend·er)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: status lenders
  • Social climbers attach themselves to status lenders.

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Cite the Definition of Status Lender

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status lender.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (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 September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/status-lender/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“status lender.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/status-lender/>.