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
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Contemporary Examples of ledger

Historical Examples of ledger

  • He entered the amounts in the "Ledger," and then returned to his seat.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Sears and Elizabeth were bending over the ledger and Egbert opened the door.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • He dipped his pen in the inkwell and carefully made an entry in the ledger.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • His position was clearly credited and debited in the ledger of life.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • "Enter it in the ledger, Mr. James," said McMurtagh, with another gasp.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson

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


(intr) angling to fish using a ledger

Word Origin for ledger

C15 legger book retained in a specific place, probably from leggen to lay 1



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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).

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