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leet

[leet] /lit/
noun, British Obsolete
1.
a special annual or semiannual court in which the lords of certain manors had jurisdiction over local disputes.
2.
the area over which this jurisdiction extended, including the manor itself and, sometimes, nearby counties or shires.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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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British Dictionary definitions for leet

leet1

/liːt/
noun (English history)
1.
Also called court-leet. a special kind of manorial court that some lords were entitled to hold
2.
the jurisdiction of this court
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French, of unknown origin

leet2

/liːt/
noun
1.
(Scot) a list of candidates for an office
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Anglo-French litte, variant of list1

leet3

/liːt/
noun
1.
short for leetspeak
adjective
2.
impassioned about and highly skilled in the field of advanced computer programming
Word Origin
C20: see leetspeak
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Contemporary definitions for leet
noun

an alphabet used primarily on the Internet, which uses various combinations of ASCII characters to replace Latinate letters; also called Leetspeak , L33t

Examples

Many words originally derived from Leet have now become part of the modern Internet slang, such as "pwned."

Word Origin

c 1980, derived from "elite"

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Word Origin and History for leet

in reference to special court proceedings, late 13c., from Anglo-French lete, Anglo-Latin leta, of unknown origin; OED suggests possible connection to let (v.).

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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leet in Technology
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