[ met-uh-dey-tuh, ‐dat-uh, ‐dah-tuh ]

noun(usually used with a singular verb)Digital Technology.
  1. data that describes, annotates, or gives information about other data, including but not limited to tags in a programming code, information about a digital file's characteristics, or a library catalog showing the location and call number of books: Search engine spiders use content and HTML metadata to index websites.In their surveillance operations, intelligence agencies were able to access such metadata as the phone numbers involved and duration of phone calls.

Origin of metadata

First recorded in 1965–70; meta- (in the sense “analyzing material at a higher level”) + data

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British Dictionary definitions for metadata


pl n
  1. computing information that is held as a description of stored data

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