meaning-in-context and meaning have a fairly high overlap rate of 26% which means that 26% of all questions tagged meaning-in-context are also tagged meaning. The full list of ~375 don't reveal anything terribly interesting about the association. It seems that our taggers consider meaning-in-context a subtag of meaning.
But here are the relevant tag-wikis:
This tag should be used for questions asking about nuances of meaning and definitions for a word or phrase. For a good explanation of how to write a good meaning question, please read this blog article.
If you are asking about the meaning of a word in a given context, please use the more specific meaning-in-context instead.
For questions relating to the origin of a word, its evolution over time, or the earliest known citation, etymology should be used.
meaning-in-context is for questions about understanding English speech, or writing at a level above individual words or phrases.
Oftentimes, the literal meaning of a word or idiom is clear, but it's not obvious what the significance is of that word in the context of a whole paragraph or article. This tag also marks requests for help understanding allusions to literature, pop culture, politics, current events, or other elements of English language usage which depend on a broader context.
Is this intention still accurate? Do we still want to explicitly distinguish between these two tags?