Definition of ledger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛdʒə/


1A book or other collection of financial accounts: the total balance of the purchases ledger
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  • These two ledgers were scanned and the optimized images imported.
  • There are times when items will go directly to the general ledger without any subledger posting.
  • If you want to have a look at these ledgers or the cash book hit one of the hotwords below.
book, account book, record book, register, registry, log;
balance sheet, financial statement
2A flat stone slab covering a grave: [as modifier]: the ledger stone of William Averie
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  • Photographs show her on her bier and her ledger stone carved with her name.
  • George VI's coffin lies beneath a black marble ledger stone, which has had the dates of the Queen Mother's birth and death added to it.
  • Mullins' grave, covered by a large, brown granite ledger, is behind the headstone.
3A horizontal scaffolding pole, parallel to the face of the building.
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  • The girder is in a position parallel to the ledger and supports the opposite end of the joists.
  • The top men did the scaffolding - with their poles and their ledgers.
  • To do this you need to make marks, called layout marks, on the ledger and girder that show where each joist will be located.
4A weight used on a fishing line without a float, to anchor the bait in a particular place: [as modifier]: ledger tackle
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  • The ledger fisherman and his rod rest and two rod approach needs a much wider platform from which to fish.
  • The fish stalls sell pilchards, mackerel and squid, which are the best baits for general ledger fishing, taking most species including conger and moray eels.
  • The ledger bead is smoother running on the line.


[no object]
Fish using a ledger.
Example sentences
  • The only reason I can think of for using a short ledgering rod is if overhanging trees are troublesome.
  • If your reel is strong enough for river ledgering then probably it will be man enough for pike.
  • To select the bigger specimens use a ledgered bait positioned on the far bank shelf or next to the reeds.


Late Middle English legger, ligger (denoting a large bible or breviary), probably from variants of lay1 and lie1, influenced by Dutch legger and ligger. Current senses date from the 16th century, except the fishing senses, known from the 17th century.

Words that rhyme with ledger

dredger, edger, hedger, pledger, St Leger

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