in·​ter·​tex·​tu·​al·​i·​ty ˌin-tər-ˌteks-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce intertextuality (audio)
plural intertextualities
: the complex interrelationship between a text and other texts taken as basic to the creation or interpretation of the text
intertextual adjective
intertextually adverb

Examples of intertextuality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there is a new level of intertextuality among the three singers, whose hearty generosity and palpable eagerness to be together seem to temper the possibility of any one voice becoming dominant. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2023 And the web—particularly social media—provides countless opportunities for intertextuality, chances to recontextualize, retweet, repost, riposte. WIRED, 3 Feb. 2023 Øyehaug’s dizzyingly inventive fictions are suffused with uncanny observations about the natural world and a pervasive, tongue-in-cheek intertextuality. The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 The specific linguistic mechanism at play when fans bat around Swift quotes is called intertextuality—basically, taking quotes and bringing them into new context, like a subreddit or a Senate hearing. WIRED, 3 Feb. 2023

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Word History


French intertextualité, from inter- + textuel textual + -ité -ity

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intertextuality was in 1972

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Cite this Entry

“Intertextuality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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