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Meaning of “status symbol” in the English Dictionary

"status symbol" in British English

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status symbolnoun [C]

uk   us  
a thing that ​peoplewant to have because they ​think other ​people will ​admire them if they have it: Among ​youngpeople, this ​brand of ​designerclothing is the ultimatestatussymbol.
(Definition of status symbol from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"status symbol" in American English

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status symbolnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsteɪ·t̬əs ˌsɪm·bəl, ˈstæt̬·əs/
something that ​peoplewant to have or do because they ​think other ​people will ​respect or ​admire them for it: The ​newest of these ​electronicgamingsystems are the ​latest status symbols among ​teenagers.
(Definition of status symbol from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"status symbol" in Business English

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status symbolnoun [C]

uk   us  
something that you own that you ​thinkshows how important or ​rich you are: A PA is a ​statussymbol in ​businesslife.
(Definition of status symbol from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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