Definition of meta- in English:

meta-

(also met-)

  • 1Denoting a change of position or condition.

    ‘metamorphosis’
  • 2Denoting position behind, after, or beyond.

    ‘metacarpus’
  • 3Denoting something of a higher or second-order kind.

    ‘metalanguage’
    ‘metonym’
  • 4Chemistry
    Denoting substitution at two carbon atoms separated by one other in a benzene ring, e.g. in 1,3 positions.

    ‘metadichlorobenzene’
    Compare with ortho- and para- (sense 2)
  • 5Chemistry
    Denoting a compound formed by dehydration.

    ‘metaphosphoric acid’

Origin

From Greek meta ‘with, across, or after’.

Pronunciation

meta-

/ˈmɛtə/