What Does 1337 Mean?

1337 means "Elite."

The figures 1337 are widely used online to represent the term LEET, which means "Elite."

The use of the figures 1337 to represent LEET is thought to have originated on BBS (Bulletin Board Systems), where "Elite" level users developed an alternative alphabet that allowed them to discuss sensitive topics (e.g., hacking) without censorship. This language became known as Leetspeak. Leetspeak is now widely referred to as LEET and LEET symbols, especially the number 1337, are common internet memes.

The word "Elite" is sometimes abbreviated as 133T.

Summary of Key Points

"Elite" is the most common definition for 1337 on gaming related apps such as Discord, TeamSpeak and Telegram, as well as on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of 1337 in Sentences

Here's an example of 1337 being used in conversation:
  • Hannah: That was too easy! I thought you were supposed to be 1337!
  • Jim: So did I.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of LEET Used in a Text


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