One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yearly or half-yearly court of record that the lords of certain manors held.
- ‘Where the lord of the manor held a court leet, the jurisdiction of the hundred was exercised in that court, and the fines collected were payable to the lord.’
- ‘There were two kinds of manorial court - the court baron and the court leet.’
- ‘By the 13th century most manorial lords had established two courts, leet and baron, which met at the same place and whose proceedings followed one another.’
- ‘The whole system was governed by court leets and a set of detailed and ancient laws which are still alive and in use today.’
- ‘However, there was often an overlap in the type of business conducted in the court baron and court leet.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French lete or Anglo-Latin leta, of unknown origin.
An informal language or code used on the Internet, in which standard letters are often replaced by numerals or special characters.
- ‘Is it a common practice in leetspeak to vary the capitalization of the words you are typing?’
- ‘But the whole thing conjures up images of middle class parents trying to converse with their children in "leetspeak" over breakfast.’
- ‘This is cool and shows that black clad Berlin marketing gurus are down with leetspeak.’
- ‘I still fondly remember the early days of the Internet when I used leetspeak to type things my parents couldn't read.’
1(of a person) skilled at computer programming or hacking.‘the 1337 hacker was rerouting phone calls’
- 1.1 Extremely good; excellent.‘Andy was a leet dude’‘this jacket is totally 1337’
- 1.1 Extremely good; excellent.
1990s: representing a pronunciation of elite. The form 1337 represents the conventions of leet, with 1 representing the letter L and 3 and 7 representing the letters E and T respectively.
A list of candidates selected for a post.territory, region, province, district, area, zoneView synonyms
Late Middle English: probably from Old French lit(t)e, variant of liste ‘list’.
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