meta·​verse ˈme-tə-ˌvərs How to pronounce metaverse (audio)
plural metaverses
computing : a persistent virtual (see virtual sense 2) environment that allows access to and interoperability of multiple individual virtual realities
To its proponents, the metaverse is the natural evolution of the internet. They envisage a sprawling network of interconnected virtual worlds for such diverse activities as gaming, watching live entertainment, … and collaborating on design projects.Edd Gent
also : any of the individual virtual environments that make up a metaverse
Metaverses are immersive three-dimensional virtual worlds in which people interact as avatars with each other and with software agents, using the metaphor of the real world but without its physical limitations. Alanah Davis et al.
cosmology : the hypothetical combination of all co-existing or sequentially existing universes compare multiverse

Examples of metaverse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the pandemic, tech investment surged and reached a peak in 2021, as newcomers entered the market, hyped by cryptocurrency, blockchain and the metaverse. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2024 Beyond the dying hype of the metaverse, the gaming industry as a whole appears to have peaked during the pandemic, and has struggled to recover after the return to work and school pulled more gamers out of their virtual worlds into the real one. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 9 May 2024 That’s not exactly shocking in the virtual reality subsector of the tech industry: Apple’s rival headset-maker, Meta, has been losing money on its virtual reality dreams since Mark Zuckerberg first claimed the metaverse was the way of the future in 2021. Laura Bratton, Quartz, 1 May 2024 The company who staked its literal name on the metaverse? Susan Howson, Quartz, 2 Apr. 2024 Meta has lost more than $46 billion on the metaverse in recent years and has little to show for it, with more recent efforts focused on its AI business. Rachyl Jones, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 The goal was to better understand what parts of the world are investing in the metaverse, which sectors are seeing the most activity and in what areas, and what is the outlook for the industrial metaverse. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 A number of restaurant chains, including Wendy’s and Chipotle, set up digital camps in the metaverse as well. Angela L. Pagán / The Takeout, Quartz, 19 Mar. 2024 Consequently, appeals to ‘Web3’ and ‘the metaverse’ were absent from this February’s New York Fashion Week. Jackie Berardo, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History


meta- + -verse (in universe)

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of metaverse was in 1992

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“Metaverse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a persistent virtual environment that allows access to and interaction between multiple individual virtual realities
also : any of the individual virtual environments that make up a metaverse
: the hypothetical combination of all co-existing or sequentially existing universes
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