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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lythe \Lythe\ (l[imac]th), n. (Zo["o]l.) The European pollack; -- called also laith, and leet.


Pollack \Pol"lack\, n. [Cf. G. & D. pollack, and Gael. pollag a little pool, a sort of fish.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A marine gadoid food fish of Europe ( Pollachius virens). Called also greenfish, greenling, lait, leet, lob, lythe, and whiting pollack.

  2. The American pollock; the coalfish.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

by 1997, ASCII alternative alphabet used mostly in Internet chat, derived from elite, and sometimes the word is used in that sense (for example in online gaming).


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.).


Etymology 1 n. (context Scotland English) A portion or list, especially a list of candidates for an office. Etymology 2

vb. (context obsolete English) (en-simple past of: let) Etymology 3

n. (context British obsolete English) A regular court in which the certain lords had jurisdiction over local disputes, or the physical area of this jurisdiction. Etymology 4

n. (context zoology English) The European pollock. Etymology 5

  1. 1 Of or relating to leetspeak. 2 (context slang English) Possessing outstanding skill in a field; expert, masterful. 3 (context slang English) Having superior social rank over others; upper class, elite. 4 (context slang English) awesome, typically to describe a feat of skill; cool, sweet. alt. (context Internet slang English) (abbreviation of leetspeak English) n. (context Internet slang English) (abbreviation of leetspeak English)


Leet (or "1337"), also known as eleet or leetspeak, is an alternative alphabet for many languages that is used primarily on the Internet. It uses various combinations of ASCII characters to replace Latinate letters. For example, leet spellings of the word leet include 1337 and l33t; eleet may be spelled 31337 or 3l33t.

The term leet is derived from the word elite. The leet alphabet is a specialized form of symbolic writing. Leet may also be considered a substitution cipher, although many dialects or linguistic varieties exist in different online communities. The term leet is also used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gaming and in its original usage— computer hacking.

Leet (disambiguation)

Leet is a written language/culture evolved for communication over the Internet.

Leet may also refer to:

  • Leet (programming language), an esoteric programming language
  • Leet (surname)
  • Court leet, a type of court common in the Middle Ages
  • Leet Township, Pennsylvania
  • Leets Vale, New South Wales, Australia
  • LEET, a South Korean equivalent of LSAT
Leet (surname)

Leet is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Isaac Leet (1801–1844), American politician
  • Mildred Robbins Leet (1922–2011), American businessman and philanthropist
  • William Knox Leet (1833–1898), Irish Victoria Cross recipient
Leet (programming language)

Leet (or L33t) is an esoteric programming language based loosely on Brainfuck and named for the resemblance of its source code to the symbolic language " L33t 5p34k". L33t was designed by Stephen McGreal and Alex Mole to be as confusing as possible. It is Turing-complete and has the possibility for self-modifying code. Software written in the language can make network connections and may therefore be used to write malware.

Usage examples of "leet".

Leet of Galerie Leet was shaving for an evening engagement when Hannibal rang his bell.

He gave Monsieur Leet the drawings and his price written in a firm hand.

POPIL, IMPATIENT with the genteel tones of the door chime, banged upon the door of Galerie Leet in the Rue Saints-Peres.

Popil allowed Leet to marinate in this atmosphere for fifteen minutes before admitting him to the private office.

Jenna found the books Leet had read during his stay, and we looked through them.

Before he could react, she quickly closed the few leet that separated them and placed her hand on his shoulder.

Charles Far rant, over at Leet wood, is a good friend of mine, so I have spent some time there.

The river Yper Leet came in at the back of the town, and after mingling with the salt water in the ditches found its way to the sea through the channels known as the Old Haven and the Geule, the first on the west, the second on the east of the town.

Mr Pittle, the minister, our friend, had put him on the leet for an elder.

Ensign Kim was surprised at how tired his arms were, considering he had never lifted more than the weight of a Starr leet field pack in the entire journey.

When Juan Gabriel had mounted the leet ure platform to read from his books, he always wore that cape.

For the wise men say that such folk are no more within the law than kine be, and may not for their deeds be brought before leet or assize any more than kine.

And you had to two pounds out of the housekeeping were on tneletter leet now like.

A few land leets, disturbed by their presence, dragged themselves slowly from the rock.

Whether these be sins or virtues old Nobodaddy will tell us at doomsday leet.