l 1 or L (ĕl)
n. pl. l's or L's also ls or Ls
1. The 12th letter of the modern English alphabet.
2. Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter l.
3. The 12th in a series.
4. Something shaped like the letter L.
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Th is 1923-series silver certifi cate was redeemable on demand for one dollar in silver.
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