Definition of meta in English:

meta

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛtə
 
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noun

  • short for meta key.
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    • 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… >).

adjective

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  • (Of a creative work) referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential: the enterprise is inherently ‘meta’, since it doesn’t review movies, for example, it reviews the reviewers who review movies
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    • 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.

Origin

1980s: from meta-.

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