meta·​lin·​guis·​tic | \ ˈme-tə-liŋ-ˌgwi-stik How to pronounce metalinguistic (audio) \

Definition of metalinguistic

: of or relating to a metalanguage or to metalinguistics

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Recent Examples on the Web So the metalinguistic awareness of the media seems to be the precondition for its preservation. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Dead Media Beat: Federico Giordano, “Almost the Same Game”," 21 Apr. 2011

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First Known Use of metalinguistic

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Metalinguistic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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