meta-language

metalanguage

[met-uh-lang-gwij]
noun
any language or symbolic system used to discuss, describe, or analyze another language or symbolic system.

Origin:
1935–40; meta- + language

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metalanguage (ˈmɛtəˌlæŋɡwɪdʒ)
 
n
formal language See also natural language Compare object language a language or system of symbols used to discuss another language or system

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