noun, plural me·tae [mee-tee] /ˈmi ti/.
- (in ancient Rome) a column or post, or a group of columns or posts, placed at each end of a racetrack to mark the turning places.
- pertaining to or noting a story, conversation, character, etc., that consciously references or comments upon its own subject or features, often in the form of parody: A movie about making a movie is just so meta—especially when the actors criticize the acting.
- pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type.
- a consciously and playfully self-referential story, conversation, etc.: That dialogue was an example of meta at its best.
- an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary: writing a meta to explain the character’s motivation.
verb (used without object)
- to analyze or comment on something in a meta way: I spend more time metaing about the show than actually watching it.
- a river in Colombia, rising in the Andes and flowing northeast and east, forming part of the border between Colombia and Venezuela, to join the Orinoco River. Length: about 1000 km (620 miles)