noun British Obsolete.
a special annual or semiannual court in which the lords of certain manors had jurisdiction over local disputes.
the area over which this jurisdiction extended, including the manor itself and, sometimes, nearby counties or shires.

1400–50; late Middle English lete meeting (of law court) < Anglo-French lete and Anglo-Latin leta (both perhaps < Old English gelǣte meeting of roads; compare wætergelǣt watercourse)

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leet1 (liːt)
1.  Also called: court-leet a special kind of manorial court that some lords were entitled to hold
2.  the jurisdiction of this court
[C15: from Anglo-French, of unknown origin]

leet2 (liːt)
(Scot) a list of candidates for an office
[C15: perhaps from Anglo-French litte, variant of list1]

leet3 (liːt)
1.  short for leetspeak
2.  impassioned about and highly skilled in the field of advanced computer programming
[C20: see leetspeak]

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Main Entry:  Leet
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an alphabet used primarily on the Internet, which uses various combinations of ASCII characters to replace Latinate letters; also called Leetspeak, L33t
Example:  Many words originally derived from Leet have now become part of the modern Internet slang, such as "pwned."
Etymology:  c 1980, derived from "elite"
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by 1997, ASCII alternative alphabet used mostly in Internet chat, derived from elite, and sometimes the word is used in that sense (e.g. in online gaming).
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