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[lej-er] /ˈlɛdʒ ɛr/
Bookkeeping. an account book of final entry, in which business transactions are recorded.
Building Trades.
  1. a horizontal timber fastened to the vertical uprights of a scaffold, to support the putlogs.
  2. ribbon (def 8).
a flat slab of stone laid over a grave or tomb.
Also, leger. Angling. a lead sinker with a hole in one end through which the line passes, enabling the bait and the sinker to rest on the bottom and allowing the fish to take the bait without detecting the sinker.
Origin of ledger
1475-85; earlier legger book, probably equivalent to legg(en) to lay1 + -er -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ledger
  • ledger has found two genetically based predisposing factors.
  • What is less clear is whether the ledger of his achievements will overall be positive.
  • On the other side of the ledger are the added costs.
  • Viewers were asked to record their impressions on a ledger.
  • Even left-wing governments are increasingly looking at the spending side of the ledger.
  • And they don't coordinate their spending plans to allow such a finely balanced ledger.
  • The other is what will happen on the revenue side of the ledger.
  • Nevertheless, it is possible to sketch both sides of the ledger.
  • They would not know a double-entry ledger if it stared them in the face.
  • In accounting terms, the citizens collectively own both sides of the ledger.
British Dictionary definitions for ledger


(accounting) the principal book in which the commercial transactions of a company are recorded
a flat horizontal slab of stone
a horizontal scaffold pole fixed to two upright poles for supporting the outer ends of putlogs
  1. a wire trace that allows the weight to rest on the bottom and the bait to float freely
  2. (as modifier): ledger tackle
(intransitive) (angling) to fish using a ledger
Word Origin
C15 legger book retained in a specific place, probably from leggen to lay1


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Word Origin and History for ledger

"account book," c.1400, from leggen "to place, lay" (see lay (v.)). Originally a book that lies permanently in a place (especially a large copy of a breviary in a church). Sense of "book of accounts" is first attested 1580s, short for ledger-book (1550s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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