1337 definition by Slang.net
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1337 means "cool" or "elite" in leetspeak, a language where users replace English letters in words with similar-looking characters and numbers. People may also use 1337 to refer to leetspeak or "leet" itself.
The leetspeak language and the 1337 term date back to bulletin board systems (BBS) in the 1980s. Users created it to bypass filters, but now, online users, such as gamers and h4x0rz, primarily use it when gaming and in web forums.
While 1337 is somewhat well-known, other terms have become more popular. Some examples include n00b, w00t, and pwn3d (or pwnd).