led·​ger | \ ˈle-jər How to pronounce ledger (audio) \

Definition of ledger

1 : a book containing accounts to which debits and credits are posted from books of original entry
2 : a horizontal board used for vertical support (as in scaffolding)

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In fact, designers are frequently asked to keep an eye on the left side of the ledger—without letting any of the cost-cutting show. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "Decorating on a Budget: Insider Secrets From 15 Pros," 23 May 2019 On the plus side of the ledger, the microphone and wireless performance of Audio-Technica’s M50xBT are both praiseworthy. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 2018 The fear is that Amendment 73’s adjustments to one side of the ledger could unintentionally diminish tax revenue for cities, fire districts and more. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Where Taxes Are on the Ballot," 4 Nov. 2018 For now, a new binder fills the shelves each year, pushing the tattered ledgers, and the tantalizing bits of stories inside, a bit farther out of reach. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Locked away in a closet, Philly's historical homicide files tell the story of a young, cruel city | Mike Newall," 22 June 2018 Through their inside source, investigators obtained surveillance video and ledgers tracking customer debts and house profits. Garrett Graff, Longreads, "A Vor Never Sleeps," 5 June 2018 The database was built using Cook County records, two partial cemetery ledgers and several trips to Salt Lake City to transcribe death certificates and coroner’s reports on microfilm readers. Nereida Moreno, chicagotribune.com, "As workers dig at new CPS school site, they try to avoid Dunning’s unmarked graves," 5 Apr. 2018 The number that stood out on McCoshen’s ledger was minus-10, worst among defenders. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ian McCoshen working to carve more vital role in Panthers' defense," 19 June 2018 Faith in the ledger is maintained by thousands of computers worldwide that collectively police the system for forgeries and other types of fraud. Brian Fung, chicagotribune.com, "Coinbase is building a cryptocurrency empire," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of ledger

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ledger

Middle English lygger, leger large breviary, beam, probably from leyen, leggen to lay

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The first known use of ledger was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of ledger

: a book that a company uses to record information about the money it has paid and received

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