1(giving position or direction) left.
- ‘l to r: Gordon, Anthony, and Mark’
2(chiefly in horse racing) length(s)
- ‘distances 5 l, 3 l’
3l.(in textual references) line.
- ‘l. 648’
6l. archaic Pound(s)
- ‘a salary of 4l. a week’
(in mathematical formulae) length.
nounplural noun Ls, plural noun L's
1The twelfth letter of the alphabet.
- 1.1Denoting the next after K in a set of items, categories, etc.
2LA shape like that of a capital L.
- ‘an L-shaped building’
3The Roman numeral for 50.
Originally a symbol identified with the letter L, because of coincidence of form. In ancient Roman notation, L with a stroke above denoted 50,000.
4North American informal A loss, setback, or failure.
- ‘some folks just don't know how to take an L, do they?’
1(in tables of sports results) games lost.
3L.Lake, Loch, or Lough (chiefly on maps)
- ‘L. Ontario’
4Large (as a clothes size).
5British (on a motor vehicle) learner driver.
6L.Linnaeus (as the source of names of animal and plant species)
- ‘Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio machaon (L., 1758)’
- ‘the San Paolo deal should raise around L1,500bn’
8Luxembourg (international vehicle registration).