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A variety of spelling that uses numbers and symbols that approximate the shape of certain letters, using for example 1 and 5 for i and s, used primarily in texting and other typed electronic communication.
[From l33t, alteration and leet respelling (using 3 for E) of elite (in reference to the use of such spellings by those with elite, or privileged, access status on early computer bulletin boards ).]
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1. (Historical Terms) Also called: court-leet a special kind of manorial court that some lords were entitled to hold
2. (Historical Terms) the jurisdiction of this court
[C15: from Anglo-French, of unknown origin]
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Scot a list of candidates for an office
[C15: perhaps from Anglo-French litte, variant of list1]
(Computer Science) short for leetspeak
(Computer Science) impassioned about and highly skilled in the field of advanced computer programming
[C20: see leetspeak]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. an English court held by the lords of certain manors.
2. the jurisdiction of this court.
[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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