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[ in-ter-teks-choo-al-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪn tərˌtɛks tʃuˈæl ɪ ti /


the interrelationship between texts, especially works of literature; the way that similar or related texts influence, reflect, or differ from each other: the intertextuality between two novels with the same setting.

Nearby words

interstratify, intersubjective, intertarsal joint, interterritorial, intertestamental, intertextuality, intertexture, intertidal, intertillage, intertitle, intertransverse muscle

Origin of intertextuality

1970–75; < French intertextualité < inter- inter- + textuel textual + -ité -ity
Related formsin·ter·tex·tu·al, adjectivein·ter·tex·tu·al·ly, adverb

Definition for intertextual (2 of 2)


[ teks-choo-uh l ]
/ ˈtɛks tʃu əl /


of or relating to a text: textual errors.
based on or conforming to the text, as of the Scriptures: a textual interpretation of the Bible.

Origin of textual

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin textu(s) (see text) + -al1; replacing Middle English textuel < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intertextual

  • As Selah talks to Mora, the two embark on a kind of intertextual journey.

    Great Weekend Reads|The Daily Beast|July 3, 2011|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for intertextual


/ (ˈtɛkstjʊəl) /


of or relating to a text or texts
based on or conforming to a text
Derived Formstextually, adverb
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