From Middle English lygger, liǧǧer, leger (“large breviary; beam, plank; dweller, inhabitant”), from leggen, liǧǧen, leyen, variants of līen (“to lie down; to bow, kneel, prostrate; to die; to be located (somewhere); to remain in place, stay”), from Old English liċġan (“to lie down; to be situated”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ- (“to lie down”). The word is cognate with Dutch legger (“daybook; layer”) (from leggen (“to lay”), liggen (“to lie down”)), and is related to English ledge, lie (“to be prostrate”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈlɛdʒə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈlɛdʒɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɛdʒə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: led‧ger
ledger (plural ledgers)
- A book for keeping notes, especially one for keeping accounting records; a record book, a register.
- A large, flat stone, especially one laid over a tomb.
- (accounting) A collection of accounting entries consisting of credits and debits.
- (construction) A board attached to a wall to provide support for attaching other structural elements (such as deck joists or roof rafters) to a building.
- (fishing) Short for ledger bait (“fishing bait attached to a floating line fastened to the bank of a pond, stream, etc.”).
- Alternative form of
- ledger on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- ledger stone on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Ledger in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)