[ 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

  1. interstratify,
  2. intersubjective,
  3. intertarsal joint,
  4. interterritorial,
  5. intertestamental,
  6. intertexture,
  7. intertidal,
  8. intertillage,
  9. intertitle,
  10. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for intertextuality



by 1974, from inter- + textuality (see textual). Related: Intertextual.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper