Definition of status symbol in US English:

status symbol


  • A possession that is taken to indicate a person's wealth or high social or professional status.

    • ‘In the 18th century, the powdered wig was a status symbol.’
    • ‘The bicycle represents a valued possession, a means of earning a living, a status symbol, a way of impressing girls.’
    • ‘But it is a butler that many people crave, not just because he is the ultimate status symbol and most overt way of flaunting wealth.’
    • ‘Classic mid-century modern houses are the latest status symbol for the Hollywood A-list, reports John Arlidge’
    • ‘Now, cell phones are not a status symbol but a public nuisance.’
    • ‘Even if the cellular phone is not really considered a status symbol, it has become part of fashion, an accessory.’
    • ‘Having a film or television show set in your city is a statement of that city's value, a status symbol just as surely as a professional sports franchise or arena is.’
    • ‘Certainly in the thirteenth century possession of a private chapel was a status symbol, though lesser gentry families might well receive this privilege.’
    • ‘Having money is seen as sign of intelligence and it's a status symbol.’
    • ‘She says the lawn is simply a status symbol brought over from Europe where it was considered a sign of power and wealth.’
    • ‘To Edinburgh it's a status symbol, marking it as a player in the consumer world.’
    • ‘The beard is rather a sign of masculinity, partially religious commandment, a sign of ethnic affiliation or political avowal or simply a status symbol.’
    • ‘Wearing a netsuke became a status symbol, and its style and value indicated the position and wealth of the person who was wearing it.’
    • ‘As man's most important piece of jewelry, your watch should be considered an investment and the ultimate status symbol.’
    • ‘Over the last decade, being over 30 and unattached has more than lost its stigma, it has actually become a status symbol.’
    • ‘More than any other regularly produced watch, owning a Rolex is an investment and a status symbol, more than it is a teller of time.’
    • ‘It was a status symbol of wealth and dignity to own a Shih Tzu.’
    • ‘For the customers that we're selling to, the car is quite a status symbol in itself.’
    • ‘The perfume itself became a status symbol in the 1950s when Marilyn Monroe said that all she wore to bed were a few drops of Chanel no.5.’
    • ‘Llanelly House was at the cutting edge of architectural design when it was built in 1714 and an impressive status symbol of power and wealth for the tiny fishing town.’
    symbol, indicator, mark, sign, hallmark, trademark
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