metalanguage

[met-uh-lang-gwij]

noun

any language or symbolic system used to discuss, describe, or analyze another language or symbolic system.

Nearby words

  1. metal spraying,
  2. metal tape,
  3. metal wood,
  4. metal-free phthalocyanine,
  5. metal.,
  6. metalcrafting,
  7. metalepsis,
  8. metalhead,
  9. metalinguistic,
  10. metalinguistics

Origin of metalanguage

First recorded in 1935–40; meta- + language

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British Dictionary definitions for metalanguage

metalanguage

noun

a language or system of symbols used to discuss another language or systemSee also formal language, natural language Compare object language
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