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meta Syllabification: met·a
Pronunciation: /ˈmedə/

Definition of meta in English:


short for meta key.
Example sentences
  • If you frequently use Alt keys-for example, if you use Emacs and Alt is your meta key-you probably will prefer this.
  • A predecessor of the pop-up window, the fast meta refresh trick involves opening one page and almost instantly having your browser redirected to another page.
  • Each of these elements is enclosed in angle brackets and begins with the word ‘meta’ (< meta… >).


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(Of a creative work) referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential.
Example sentences
  • Have we been, again, duped by the dripping irony that infects the post / meta genre, rendering it all but useless?
  • It's really easy to criticize a bad record, but impossible to do great music justice in ink (or meta ink for that matter).
  • It's a song about several songs, and this meta aspect never sounds forced or calculated - instead, it seems artful and intuitive.


1980s: from meta- in the sense 'beyond'.

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