Definition of self-referential adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

self-referential

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˌsɛlf rɛfəˈrɛnʃl//
 
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(of a work of literature) referring to the fact of actually being a work of literature, or to the author, or to other works that the author has written
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