Main definitions of leet in English

: leet1leet2

leet1

noun

historical
  • (in England) 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.’
    • ‘However, there was often an overlap in the type of business conducted in the court baron and 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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

leet

/lēt/

Main definitions of leet in English

: leet1leet2

leet2

(also 1337)

noun

  • An informal language or code used on the Internet, in which standard letters are often replaced by numerals or special characters that resemble the letters in appearance.

    ‘she communicated in secret using leet’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is it a common practice in leetspeak to vary the capitalization of the words you are typing?’
    • ‘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

/lēt/