Definition of metadiscourse in English:

metadiscourse

noun

Linguistics
  • Any discourse which is concerned with or alludes to other discourses. Also: a general or universal discourse which sets the parameters within which other discourses are employed.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in The Philosophical Review. From meta- + discourse.

Pronunciation

metadiscourse

/ˈmɛtəˌdɪskɔːs/