Full record for metaverse n.

Definition a computer-generated environment within which users can interact with one another and their surroundings, a virtual world = cyberspace
OED requirements antedating 1992
Earliest cite Neil Stephenson, Snow Crash
Comment Neil Stephenson coined this and "avatar" for "Snow Crash": a note there comments that he had been surprised to discover that "avatar" had been independently coined before this: so we would be interested to see any earlier uses of metaverse with this meaning.

Added to the OED in December 2008

Last modified 11 March, 2009

Citations for metaverse n.

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1992 N. Stephenson Snow Crash iii. 22 Hiro spends a lot of time in the Metaverse.