Origin of leet
- 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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Originated 1400-50 from late Middle English lete (“meeting"), from Anglo-Norman lete and Medieval Latin leta, possibly from Old English gelÇ£te (“crossroads").
- Compare Old English hlÄ“te, *hlÄ«ete (“share, lot"), cognate with Old Norse hleyti (“share, portion").