• WordNet 3.6
    • n status a state at a particular time "a condition (or state) of disrepair","the current status of the arms negotiations"
    • n status the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society "he had the status of a minor","the novel attained the status of a classic","atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Elizabethan and Jacobean times, the age of a person when they marry was dependant on the person's class. Those with a high social status were permitted to marry at a younger age.
    • n Status stā"tŭs State; condition; position of affairs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 square miles.
    • n status Standing or position as regards rank or condition.
    • n status Position of affairs.
    • n status In law, the standing of a person before the law in the class of persons indicated by his or her legal qualities; the relation fixed by law in which a person stands toward others or the state. Different writers vary much in the extent of meaning implied, but in the best usage it includes liberty, citizenship, and marriage, infancy and majority and wardship or tutelage, and mental capacity or incapacity according to legal tests. It is rarely if ever used of any of those relations which are terminable by consent, such as partnership.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Female aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status by notching their ears.
    • n Status stā′tus state: condition: rank.
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  • Clive James
    Clive James
    “As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    “Those who forgets their friends to follow those of a higher status are truly snobs.”
  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    “I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo; your time has come and gone. It's time for change in America.”
  • Lin-Chi
    “The real being, with no status, is always going in and out through the doors of your face.”
  • Clark Kerr
    Clark Kerr
    “The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we're in.”


Status quo - Someone who wants to preserve the status quo wants a particular situation to remain unchanged.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

In the Far East the United States claimed an equality of status with the European powers.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
It is clear that its power of directing and inspiring will depend on its world status.
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The results of the war, as seen in reconstruction, have settled forever the political status of my race.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
But when the Guide attained its present status, the Masters themselves could not agree.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
Of all the chapters of that Law the most important is that which is concerned with the status of Females.
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
The book closes with observations on racial grouping, political status, and the follies of prejudice.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
Schools in which the deaf are educated would thus seem not to be given their just status.
"The Deaf" by Harry Best
Josiah and Sarah reviewed their status from all sides.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Throughout the Near and Middle East economic life rested on the principle of status.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
The woman had a status which was defined by custom, and was very different from the status of a real captive.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner

In poetry:

Let all the flowers wither like a party.
And now you have abandoned
own your young & old, the oldest, people
to a solitudinem of mournful communes,
mournful communes.
Status, Status, come home.
"Dream Song 32: And where, friend Quo, lay you hiding" by John Berryman
Why prate of social status, class, or rank when earth
Is common tenting-ground, the heritage of all mankind?
Except in purity is there no royal birth,
No true nobility but nobleness of heart and mind.
"Be Courteous" by Hattie Howard
IF thou to be a slave shouldst will,
Thou'lt get no pity, but fare ill;
And if a master thou wouldst be,
The world will view it angrily;
And if in status quo thou stay,
That thou art but a fool, they'll say.
"Neither This Nor That" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Age 68Marital Status Married, 2 Children.
A proposal to seek resort status for the town of Houlka in Chickasaw County is being dropped.
Resort status could allow alcohol to be sold within the city limits.
Age 65Marital Status Married, 2 Children.
Italian Government Grants LDS Church Official Status.
Virginia swing status on hold Tuesday.
Clarifying Shaq Thompson's scholarship status.
Aux armes for the status quo.
Democrats cling to status quo.
Fans of Cockfighting Don't Understand Its Outlaw Status.
2013 Cadillac XTS sedan falls short of its flagship status.
Even President Obama admits the status quo isn't working.
Decision on Peterson's playing status to come before Sunday.
Status, Limits, Alternatives IS - 6 SN - 0018-9162 SP EP EPD - 27 PY - 1977 KW - null VL - 10 JA.
Robert Earl Keen's legendary status is firmly in place.

In science:

The aim of this section is to review recent observational status of RPP in the high-energy (HE) domain, with X-rays included.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
However, given the status of the current data it does not seem reasonable to make strong statements such as those made in Ref. .
Comments on "A Supernova Brane Scan"
On() returns the status of a certain helicity combination.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
In the further development of S ′ γ , we will use refinements of these properties to prove the formal status of the evolving type system.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The paper concludes by discussing the current status of several prototype implementations.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments