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status symbol

noun [C]  us   /ˈsteɪ·t̬əs ˌsɪm·bəl, ˈstæt̬·əs/
something that people want to have or do because they think other people will respect or admire them for it: The newest of these electronic gaming systems are the latest status symbols among teenagers.
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