meta

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From meta-, back-formed from metaphysics.

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Adjective[edit]

meta (comparative more meta, superlative most meta)

  1. (informal) Self-referential; structured analogously, but at a higher level.
    Suppose you have a genie that grants you three wishes. If you wish for infinite wishes, that is a meta wish.
    • 2002, Robert C. Neville, Religion in Late Modernity[1], →ISBN, page 31:
      [] in finessing obligations you fail a "meta" kind of obligation.
    • 2006, Brendan Vaughan, What Would MacGyver Do?[2], →ISBN, page 186:
      Besides, I can just hear Vaughan: "Very funny, Stacey, very Charlie Kaufman-esque, very meta, very '97. I can't use it."
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin mēta.

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Noun[edit]

meta (plural metas)

  1. Boundary marker.
  2. (historical) Either of the conical columns at each end of an Ancient Roman circus.

Etymology 3[edit]

Clipping of metagame.

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Noun[edit]

meta (plural metas)

  1. (video games) Metagame; the most effective tactics and strategies used in a competitive video game.

Adjective[edit]

meta (comparative more meta, superlative most meta)

  1. (video games) Prominent in the metagame; effective and frequently used in competitive gameplay.
    I don't think the character will be meta even with the recent buffs.

Etymology 4[edit]

Clipping of metaoidioplasty.

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Noun[edit]

meta (plural metas)

  1. (informal) Metoidioplasty.

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Basque[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta inan

  1. heap

Catalan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta f (plural metes)

  1. (sports) finish line
  2. (sports) goal, goalpost
  3. goal, aim, objective

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mēta.[1]

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Noun[edit]

meta f

  1. frontier, goal, objective, ambition
  2. (softball, baseball) base

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Verb[edit]

meta

  1. masculine singular present transgressive of mést

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "meta" in Jiří Rejzek, Český etymologický slovník, electronic version, Leda, 2007

Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse meta, from Proto-Germanic *metaną, from Proto-Indo-European *med-.

Verb[edit]

meta (third person singular past indicative metti or metaði, third person plural past indicative mett or metað, supine mett or metað)

  1. to measure, to esteem, to consider

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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English meta.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ ˈmɛtɒ]
  • Hyphenation: me‧ta

Adjective[edit]

meta (comparative metább, superlative legmetább)

  1. (informal) meta (self-referential)

Declension[edit]

Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative meta meták
accusative metát metákat
dative metának metáknak
instrumental metával metákkal
causal-final metáért metákért
translative metává metákká
terminative metáig metákig
essive-formal metaként metákként
essive-modal
inessive metában metákban
superessive metán metákon
adessive metánál metáknál
illative metába metákba
sublative metára metákra
allative metához metákhoz
elative metából metákból
delative metáról metákról
ablative metától metáktól
non-attributive
possessive - singular
metáé metáké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
metáéi metákéi

Icelandic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse meta, from Proto-Germanic *metaną.

Verb[edit]

meta (strong verb, third-person singular past indicative mat, third-person plural past indicative mátu, supine metið)

  1. to measure
  2. to assess
  3. to appreciate, to esteem, to consider to be of worth
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta

  1. indefinite genitive plural of met

Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit मत्त (matta, mad, drunken). Compare to Balinese ᬫᬢ᭄ᬢ (mata, furious).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /abonəmɛn/
  • Hyphenation: mê‧ta

Adjective[edit]

mêta (plural meta-meta)

  1. (obsolete) mad
    Synonym: mengamuk
  2. (obsolete) drunken
    Synonym: mabuk

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Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin mēta. Doublet of meda.

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Noun[edit]

meta f (plural mete)

  1. destination
    Synonyms: arrivo, destinazione
  2. (figuratively) aim, goal, end
    Synonyms: scopo, intenzione, fine
  3. (rugby) try
  4. (soccer) goal
  5. (Ancient Rome) meta (either of the conical columns at each end of a Roman circus)

Etymology 2[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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Noun[edit]

meta f (plural mete)

  1. pile of straw
    Synonym: mucchio
  2. haystack
  3. dung (of a farm animal)
    Synonym: sterco

Descendants[edit]

  • Serbo-Croatian: méta

Etymology 3[edit]

Shortening of metaldeide.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta m (invariable)

  1. (organic chemistry) metaldehyde

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Kazukuru[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta

  1. eye

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic *mētā, from Proto-Indo-European *meh₁- (to measure). Related to Ancient Greek μῆτις (mêtis), μέτρον (métron), μέτριος (métrios), Old Church Slavonic мѣра (měra); compare also Hungarian mér, Russian ме́ра (méra), Serbo-Croatian mera and mjera, English meal.

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Noun[edit]

mēta f (genitive mētae); first declension

  1. cone, pyramid
  2. turning point, winning post (pillar at each end of the Circus route)
  3. boundary limit
  4. (figuratively) goal, end, limit, turning point
  5. vocative singular of mēta

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative mēta mētae
Genitive mētae mētārum
Dative mētae mētīs
Accusative mētam mētās
Ablative mētā mētīs
Vocative mēta mētae

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Descendants[edit]

Noun[edit]

mētā f

  1. ablative singular of mēta

Latvian[edit]

Verb[edit]

meta

  1. 3rd person singular past indicative form of mest
  2. 3rd person plural past indicative form of mest

Lithuanian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

mẽta

  1. third-person singular present of mesti
  2. third-person plural present of mesti

Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic مَتَى(matā).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

meta

  1. when

Conjunction[edit]

meta

  1. when; as

Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *metaną (to measure). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *med-.

Verb[edit]

meta (singular past indicative mat, plural past indicative mátu, past participle metinn)

  1. (transitive) to estimate, value
  2. (reflexive, til e-s) to be reckoned as, counted for

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References[edit]

  • meta in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mēta.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta f

  1. (sports) finish line, winning post
    Był tak wyczerpany, że ledwo dobiegł do mety.He was so tired that he hardly reached the finish line.
  2. goal, end
  3. range, distance
  4. (colloquial) familiar store or restaurant
  5. (colloquial) A place where one can stay for a short while.
  6. (colloquial) A place where alcohol is illegally sold or drunk.
  7. (bodybuilding slang) methandrostenolone, an anabolic steroid

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • meta in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • meta in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin mēta (turning spot in arena; goal). Doublet of meda.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta f (plural metas)

  1. goal
  2. target

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

meta

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of meter
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of meter
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of meter
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of meter

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian meta.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /měːta/
  • Hyphenation: me‧ta

Noun[edit]

méta f (Cyrillic spelling ме́та)

  1. target

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Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *męta.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mẹ̑ta f

  1. mint (plant)

Inflection[edit]

Feminine, a-stem
nom. sing. méta
gen. sing. méte
singular dual plural
nominative méta méti méte
accusative méto méti méte
genitive méte mét mét
dative méti métama métam
locative méti métah métah
instrumental méto métama métami

Further reading[edit]

  • meta”, in Slovarji Inštituta za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, portal Fran

Spanish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin meta (turning spot in arena; goal).

Noun[edit]

meta f (plural metas)

  1. goal
  2. target

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

meta

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of meter.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of meter.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of meter.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of meter.

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Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

meta (present metar, preterite metade, supine metat, imperative meta)

  1. to angle for fish

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Westrobothnian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse *mita, meta, from Proto-Germanic *metaną, from Proto-Indo-European *med-.

Verb[edit]

meta

  1. (transitive) To measure.

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