status symbol

(noun) A visible and material example of an individual’s status such as their wealth or power.

Example:

  1. An expensive and limited edition car.
  2. Reserved parking spot.

Audio Pronunciation: (sta·tus sym·bol)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: status symbols
  • Status symbol used in a sentence: My status symbol will hopefully be a fast car.

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How to Cite the Definition of Status Symbol

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status symbol.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 19, 2018 (http://sociologydictionary.org/status-symbol/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status symbol.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 19, 2018. http://sociologydictionary.org/status-symbol/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“status symbol.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <http://sociologydictionary.org/status-symbol/>.