Created in 1980 by the original hackers of the Bulletin Board System. l337 is a variation os the word 'leet', which itself is derived from the word elite. Elite has been used in the past to designate a group of users as belonging to a higher social echelon than other users. The term Elite was gained from the classic game Elite.

The letter... could also be:
A - 4, /\, @, ^
B - 8, 13, %, ß
C - <, (, ©
D - |), I>, ?
E - 3, &
F - (=, |=, ph
G - 6, &, (_+, 9
H - #, (-), /-\, \~\
I - 1, !, eye,
J - </, (/
K - X, |<
L - 1, 7, |_
M - em, AA, (\/)
N - ^/, |\|
O - 0 (), oh
P - |*, |^, ?, 9
Q - 0_, ()_, <|
R - 2, |?, /2
S - 5, $, z, es
T - 7, +, 1
U - (_), v, L|
V - \/
W - \/\/, (n), \\'
X - ><, }{, )(
Y - j, `/
Z - 2, %, >_

A few terms taken from l337:
Pwn, omg, wtf, lyke, newb/n00b

Commonly used by: Gamers, computer geeks, newbs, idiots
"Dude, that's so... l337,"

0///6 d00)j00/2 z0 (_)nl337~!!111one!l0lzA!!!!!
by analgator April 30, 2006
1. To be very good and cool at something
2. To be the master
3. A language using symbols and numbers
The master cheif is L337.
by CK Big May 14, 2005
An internet sub-language used to either disguise what is being said, so that those who don't know it can't understand (especially authority), or as internet/gaming shorthand.

Commonly humourous and antagonistic
e.g. d00d i p(-)|_|9|<1|\|6 pwn

A basic shorthand form has now infected mobile phone texting and wannabe teenage speak, but that is weak and annoying - typified by people who can't actually spell rather than a clever disguise.

Written well it is as attractive and versatile as any language, and can be written in different ways.

Naturally, people who don't 'get' computers or gaming do what they always do to things they don't understand - they attempt to ridicule (handlover? Shanjay, WTF?), serving only to make themselves look all the more ignorant...
example of flexibility
M=|\/| or \/ or /\/\ and others.
by 63|\|3515 June 08, 2005
"L337" (pronounced "Leet") is short for Elite.
He has l337 skills and talents
by Matthew Morris May 10, 2005
It's a language, mostly used online, that replaces most letters with numbers or symbols. Helpful when you don't want other people to know what you are thinking about.

The code revealed
A=4
B=8
C=(
E=3
F=pl-l
G=9
H=l-l
I-1
K=l<
M=/\/\
N=/\/
0=0
S=5
T=7
V=\/
W=\/\/
Y='/
L337 15 9r347 pl-l0r \/\/l-l3/\/ '/0u 4r3 l-l4\/1/\/9 7l-l0u9l-l75 4/\/d \/\/4/\/7 70

\/\/r173 7l-l3/\/\ d0\/\//\/ 8u7 7l-l3`/ 4r3 pr1\/473 8ui5/\/355.

Leet is great for when you are having thoughts and want to write them down but they are private business.
by Sinfonia69 October 18, 2014
A language used by Hackers,Crackers,Gamers and script kiddies alike. It's popular everywhere on the internet and you can't turn your back without seeing someone typing in l337

1 4/\/\ 73|-| l337 |-|4x0|2z
by clockwork May 17, 2003
Its unhumanly possible to understand at your first try. i still chose Binary over L337 at any time
WHY?

01100010011001010110001101100001011101010111001101100101

(because).
by defDjCj January 21, 2004

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