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I thought it would be term meta but that doesn't seem to be correct.

For illustration I've created a category named "Test" with a slug of "test".

I'm updating its term_meta with:

update_term_meta( 64, 'test_meta', 'asdfasdf' );

This appears in the termmeta table along with other meta keys/values:

data in termmeta table

get_term(64) returns this:

WP_Term Object
(
    [term_id] => 64
    [name] => Test
    [slug] => test
    [term_group] => 0
    [term_taxonomy_id] => 64
    [taxonomy] => category
    [description] => 
    [parent] => 0
    [count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [meta] => Array
        (
        )

)

Why is [meta] empty?

get_term_meta(64) returns as expected:

Array
(
[headline] => Array
    (
        [0] => 
    )

[intro_text] => Array
    (
        [0] => 
    )

[display_title] => Array
    (
        [0] => 0
    )

[display_description] => Array
    (
        [0] => 0
    )

[doctitle] => Array
    (
        [0] => 
    )

[description] => Array
    (
        [0] => Meta desc
    )

[keywords] => Array
    (
        [0] => someMetaKeyword
    )

[layout] => Array
    (
        [0] => 
    )

[noindex] => Array
    (
        [0] => 0
    )

[nofollow] => Array
    (
        [0] => 0
    )

[noarchive] => Array
    (
        [0] => 0
    )

[test_meta] => Array
    (
        [0] => asdfasdf
    )

)
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Looking at the source, that meta property isn't a standard property in the WP_Term object.

However, a plugin/theme can add custom properties to the object using the get_term or get_{taxonomy} filter:

add_filter( 'get_term', function( $term ){
    $term->meta = get_term_meta( $term->term_id ); // all metadata
    return $term;
} );
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    Using 2015 theme with only ACF and the plugin I'm working on active. Tried on a fresh site with the same theme and plugins and I'm not seeing the 'meta' property. Something must be happening on the first site I'm not aware of. Thanks! – Ken DeWitt Jun 16 at 23:31

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