[ lej ]
/ lɛdʒ /


verb (used with object), ledged, ledg·ing.

to assemble (a door or the like) with ledges.

Nearby words

  1. ledbetter,
  2. lede,
  3. lederberg,
  4. lederberg, joshua,
  5. lederhosen,
  6. ledger,
  7. ledger beam,
  8. ledger board,
  9. ledger line,
  10. ledger paper

Origin of ledge

1300–50; Middle English legge, perhaps derivative of leggen to lay1; compare Middle High German legge layer, edge, Old English lecg part of a weapon

Related formsledge·less, adjectiveun·ledged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ledge


/ (lɛdʒ) /


a narrow horizontal surface resembling a shelf and projecting from a wall, window, etc
a layer of rock that contains an ore; vein
a ridge of rock that lies beneath the surface of the sea
a narrow shelflike rock projection on a cliff or mountain
Derived Formsledgy or ledged, adjective

Word Origin for ledge

C14 legge, perhaps from leggen to lay 1

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Word Origin and History for ledge



late 13c., "crossbar on a door," perhaps from Middle English verb leggen "to place, lay" (see lay (v.)). Sense of "narrow shelf" is first recorded 1550s; "shelf-like projection of rock" is from 1550s.

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