metalanguage

[ met-uh-lang-gwij ]
/ ˈmɛt əˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ /

noun

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

Origin of metalanguage

First recorded in 1935–40; meta- + language
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British Dictionary definitions for metalanguage

metalanguage

/ (ˈmɛtəˌlæŋɡwɪdʒ) /

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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