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L1 British & World English

The twelfth letter of the alphabet

L2 British & World English

(In tables of sports results) games lost

fifty British & World English

The number equivalent to the product of five and ten; half of one hundred; 50

L in L1 British & World English

A shape like that of a capital L

l British & World English

(Giving position or direction) left

l in L1 British & World English

The twelfth letter of the alphabet

litre British & World English

A metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of water under standard conditions, now equal to 1,000 cubic centimetres (about 1.75 pints)

l in litre British & World English

A metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of water under standard conditions, now equal to 1,000 cubic centimetres (about 1.75 pints)

l. in l British & World English

(In textual references) line

L. in L2 British & World English

Lake, Loch, or Lough (chiefly on maps)

L/C British & World English

Letter of credit

P & L British & World English

Profit and loss account

S & L British & World English

Savings and loan

l-dopa British & World English

The laevorotatory form of dopa, used to treat Parkinson’s disease

L-word British & World English

Used in place of the word ‘liberal’ in a political context where this word is regarded as having negative connotations

L-plate British & World English

A sign bearing the letter L, attached to the front and rear of a motor vehicle to indicate that it is being driven by a learner

L'Aquila British & World English

Italian name for Aquila.

L-driver British & World English

A learner driver

Lowry, L. S. British & World English

(1887–1976), English painter; full name Laurence Stephen Lowry. He painted small matchstick figures set against the iron and brick expanse of urban and industrial landscapes, settings provided by his life in Salford, near Manchester

Austin, J. L. British & World English

(1911–60), English philosopher; full name John Langshaw Austin. A careful exponent of linguistic philosophy, he pioneered the theory of speech acts, pointing out that utterances can be used to perform actions as well as to convey information

Baum, L. Frank British & World English

(1856–1919), US journalist and author; full name Lyman Frank Baum. His many children’s books include Father Goose: His Book (1899), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), and other Oz books

Hartley, L. P. British & World English

(1895–1972), English novelist and short-story writer; full name Leslie Poles Hartley. Much of his work deals with memory and the effects of childhood experience on adult life and character. Notable novels: The Shrimp and the Anemone (1944) and The Go-Between (1953)

Mencken, H. L. British & World English

(1880–1956), American journalist and literary critic; full name Henry Louis Mencken. In his book The American Language (1919) he opposed the dominance of European culture in America

Pont l'Évêque British & World English

A kind of creamy soft cheese made originally at Pont l'Évêque in Normandy, France

trompe l'oeil British & World English

Visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object

Doctorow, E. L. British & World English

(1931-), US writer; full name Edgar Lawrence Doctorow. His novels include Ragtime (1975), Billy Bathgate (1989), The Waterworks (1994), and City of God (2000)

James, C. L. R. British & World English

(1901–89), Trinidadian historian, journalist, political theorist, and novelist; full name Cyril Lionel Robert James. After working as a cricket columnist he established a reputation as a historian with his study of the Haitian revolution, Black Jacobins (1938)

L'Engle, Madeleine British & World English

(1918–2007), US writer; full name Madeleine Camp L’Engle. She wrote mainly children’s fiction, including A Wrinkle in Time (1962), the first of a quartet that also included A Wind in the Door (1973), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978), and Many Waters (1986)

Montgomery, L. M. British & World English

(1874–1942), Canadian novelist; full name Lucy Maud Montgomery. She is noted for her bestselling first novel Anne of Green Gables (1908)

Sayers, Dorothy L. British & World English

(1893–1957), English novelist and dramatist; full name Dorothy Leigh Sayers. She is chiefly known for her detective fiction featuring the amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey; titles include The Nine Tailors (1934)

small-l liberal British & World English

A person who holds liberal political views, as distinct from a member of the more conservative Liberal Party of Australia

Sullivan, John L. British & World English

(1858–1918), US boxer; full name John Lawrence Sullivan. Fighting with his bare knuckles, he was proclaimed the world heavyweight champion in 1882. In 1892, when boxing rules changed and padded gloves were used, he fought James J. Corbett for the heavyweight championship and lost, being knocked out in the 21st round

tour en l'air British & World English

A movement in which a dancer jumps straight upwards and completes at least one full revolution in the air before landing

L's in L1 British & World English

The twelfth letter of the alphabet

profit and loss account British & World English

An account in the books of an organization to which incomes and gains are credited and expenses and losses debited, so as to show the net profit or loss over a given period

Palais de l'Elysée British & World English

French name for Elysée Palace.

Toussaint L'Ouverture British & World English

(Circa 1743–1803), Haitian revolutionary leader; full name François Dominique Toussaint. One of the leaders of a rebellion (1791) that emancipated the island’s slaves, he was appointed Governor General by the revolutionary government of France in 1797. In 1802 Napoleon (wishing to restore slavery) took over the island and Toussaint died in prison in France

esprit de l'escalier British & World English

Used to refer to the fact that a witty remark or retort often comes to mind after the opportunity to make it has passed

L JJ in LJ British & World English

(In the UK) Lord Justice

L'Enfant, Pierre Charles British & World English

(1754–1825), US architect and soldier; born in France. In 1791, he submitted plans (which were eventually adopted in 1889) for the design of the city of Washington, DC

BIL British & World English

A person’s brother-in-law

DIL2 British & World English

A person’s daughter-in-law

FIL British & World English

A person’s father-in-law

MIL British & World English

A person’s mother-in-law

SIL British & World English

A person’s sister-in-law

stunsail British & World English

Another term for studdingsail.

stuns'l in stunsail British & World English

Another term for studdingsail.

L. saeva in blewit British & World English

An edible European mushroom with a pale buff or lilac cap and a lilac stem

L. nuda in blewit British & World English

An edible European mushroom with a pale buff or lilac cap and a lilac stem


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