Definition of meta-word in US English:

meta-word

noun

  • Originally (Linguistics): a word which describes, classifies, or refers to another word. Also (in extended use) (Computing): a word which has significance within a given context beyond its usual meaning, e.g. one which is part of a programming or query language.

Origin

1950s. From meta- + word.

Pronunciation

meta-word

/ˈmɛtəwəːd/