meta·​lin·​guis·​tic | \ ˈme-tə-liŋ-ˌgwi-stik \

Definition of metalinguistic

: of or relating to a metalanguage or to metalinguistics

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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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The first known use of metalinguistic was in 1941

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to gather or build up little by little

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