I have come across lots of times with the meta-prefix expressions such as meta-model elements, process-meta-model, metawork etc. I was not able to identify what exactly they mean even with the help of dictionary online.

Please help me with this meta prefix definition. Examples would be appreciated.


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In English, the prefix 'meta-' is often (but not always!) used to denote an element of self-reference. See definitions 2 and 3 at Dictionary.com (use this dictionary with caution).

Here is an example of the prefix being used in this sense concerning models.

A metamodel is a model that consists of statements about models. Hence, a metamodel is also a model [...]

Example from Encyclopedia of Database Systems.

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