meta·​lan·​guage ˈme-tə-ˌlaŋ-gwij How to pronounce metalanguage (audio)
: a language used to talk about language

Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metalanguage was in 1936

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“Metalanguage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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