Main definitions of leet in English

: leet1leet2leet3

leet1

(also court leet)

noun

historical
  • A yearly or half-yearly court of record that the lords of certain manors held.

    • ‘There were two kinds of manorial court - the court baron and the court leet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The whole system was governed by court leets and a set of detailed and ancient laws which are still alive and in use today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, there was often an overlap in the type of business conducted in the court baron and court leet.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French lete or Anglo-Latin leta, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

leet

/liːt/

Main definitions of leet in English

: leet1leet2leet3

leet2

(also 1337)

noun

  • [mass noun] 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?’
    • ‘I still fondly remember the early days of the Internet when I used leetspeak to type things my parents couldn't read.’
    • ‘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.’

adjective

US
informal
  • 1(of a person) skilled at computer programming or hacking.

    ‘the 1337 hacker was rerouting phone calls’
    1. 1.1Extremely good; excellent.
      ‘Andy was a leet dude’
      ‘this jacket is totally 1337’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

leet

/liːt/

Main definitions of leet in English

: leet1leet2leet3

leet3

noun

Scottish
  • A list of candidates selected for a post.

    territory, region, province, district, area, zone
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Origin

Late Middle English: probably from Old French lit(t)e, variant of liste list.

Pronunciation:

leet

/liːt/