- The definition of a status symbol is a possession that is a sign of money, power, or some other mark of social status.
A new Porsche is an example of a status symbol.
status symbol definition by Webster's New World
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a possession, practice, etc. regarded as a mark of social status, esp. high social status
status symbol definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Something, such as a possession or an activity, by which one's social or economic prestige is measured.
status symbol - Business Definition
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An asset or activity that influences the perception of a person's social status. For example, individuals often select a home or vehicle more as a status symbol than for its functionality.
status symbol - Phrases/Idioms
A position or activity that allows one's social prestige to be displayed, as in She doesn't even drive; that car of hers is purely a status symbol. [Mid-1900s]