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Webster 1913 Edition


Leger

Leg′er

(lĕj′ẽr)
,
Noun.
[See
Ledger
.]
1.
Anything that lies in a place; that which, or one who, remains in a place.
[Obs.]
2.
A minister or ambassador resident at a court or seat of government.
[Written also
lieger
,
leiger
.]
[Obs.]
Sir Edward Carne, the queen’s
leger
at Rome.
Fuller.
3.
A ledger.

Leg′er

,
Adj.
Lying or remaining in a place; hence, resident;
as,
leger
ambassador
.

Leg′er

,
Adj.
[F.
léger
, fr. LL. (assumed)
leviarius
, fr. L.
levis
light in weight. See
Levity
.]
Light; slender; slim; trivial.
[Obs. except in special phrases.]
Bacon.
Leger line
(Mus.)
,
a line added above or below the staff to extend its compass; – called also
added line
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Leger

LEG'ER

,
Noun.
Any thing that lies in a place; that which rests or remains; sometimes used as a noun, but more frequently as an adjective, as a leger ambassador, that is, resident; but the word is now obsolete, except in particular phrases.
A leger-line, in music, a line added to the staff of five lines, when more lines than five are wanted, for designating notes ascending or descending.
A leger-book, or leger, a book that lies in the counting house, the book into which merchants carry a summary of the accounts of the journal; usually written ledger.

Definition 2021


leger

leger

See also: léger

English

Adjective

leger (comparative more leger, superlative most leger)

  1. (obsolete) light; slender; slim; trivial
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  2. Lying or remaining in a place; hence, resident.
    leger ambassador

Noun

leger (plural legers)

  1. Anything that lies in a place; that which, or one who, remains in a place.
  2. A minister or ambassador resident at a court or seat of government; also lieger, leiger.
    • Fuller
      Sir Edward Carne, the queen's leger at Rome
  3. A ledger.

Verb

leger (third-person singular simple present legers, present participle legering, simple past and past participle legered)

  1. (Britain, fishing) To engage in bottom fishing.


Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology

Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *legrą.

Noun

leger n (plural legers, diminutive legertje n)

  1. army, armed forces
    Het leger moet leger!
    The army must become emptier!

Derived terms

Adjective

leger

  1. Comparative form of leeg

Verb

leger

  1. first-person singular present indicative of legeren
  2. imperative of legeren

Anagrams


German

Etymology

Borrowing from French léger.

Pronunciation

Adjective

leger (comparative legerer, superlative am legersten)

  1. casual, informal
  2. (of clothing) dressed down

Declension


Interlingua

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /leˈɡer/

Verb

leger

  1. to read

Conjugation


Latin

Verb

lēger

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of lēgō

Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

leger m

  1. indefinite plural of lege

Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *legrą, from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ-. Cognate with Old Frisian leger, Old Saxon legar, Dutch leger ‘bed, camp, army’, Old High German legar (German Lager ‘camp’), Old Norse legr (Danish lejr, Swedish läger ‘bed’), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌲𐍂𐍃. The Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek λέχος (lékhos), Latin lectus ‘bed’, Celtic *leg- (Old Irish lige, Irish luighe), Slavic *ležati (Russian лежать).

Noun

leġer n

  1. the state or action of lying, lying down, or lying ill
    On ðam sixtan dæge his legeres: on the sixth day of his illness.
  2. resting-place; couch, bed
  3. death-bed, grave
    On gehalgodan legere licgan: to be buried in a consecrated grave.

Declension

Descendants

Related terms


Romansch

Etymology 1

From Latin legō, legere.

Verb

leger

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Vallader) to read
Alternative forms
  • (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) liger
  • (Puter) ler

Etymology 2

Adjective

leger m (feminine singular legra, masculine plural legers, feminine plural legras)

  1. (Sursilvan) merry, happy
Alternative forms
  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sutsilvan, Surmiran) legher
Synonyms
  • allegher

Swedish

  1. Alternative form of legär