from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A detailed memorandum, especially one that lists documents or accounts.

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  • n. A detailed statement, especially one containing a detailed listing of documents or accounts
  • n. A form of reinsurance that details the history of the risk

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A note or memorandum, esp. one containing an enumeration of documents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A memorandum or note, especially one containing a more or less detailed list of documents.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, probably from bord, edge, margin, from Old French bort, of Germanic origin.

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  • Most Frenchmen now know that the bordereau was a forgery and without any real value.

    Oscar Wilde

  • He wasn't short of money and wasn't entangled with women, two of the most frequent motives for espionage at the time, but his superiors decided that the handwriting on the bordereau was his, and an Alsatian-Jewish scapegoat was convenient.

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  • In september 1894 a list of French military documents called the bordereau was found by a French agent working in the German embassy.

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  • He picked up the torn and faded bordereau, and placed it side by side on his desk with the petit bleu.


  • Esterhazy was his friend and he had immediately recognized the handwriting on the bordereau as belonging to the major.


  • Paty de Clam testified in secret that the handwriting samples matched those of the bordereau.


  • The court-martial convened in secret on January 10 and the next day reached its preplanned conclusion: Esterhazy was not the author of the bordereau.


  • Enfin "poser", il n'y avait plus de bordereau pour les depots de cheques.

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  • La c le gros bordel il faut remplir 5 exemplaires du bordereau d'expedition, declarer plein de trucs et tout et tout ...

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  • Bien sur les adresses coreenne n'ont pas le meme format que les notre et le bordereau est tout pitit.

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  • Pronounced \ˌbȯr-də-ˈrō\

    July 17, 2017

  • A lawyer can put on a show

    Of precedents, row upon row.

    It beggars belief

    To call it a "brief,"

    So name it instead "bordereau."

    July 12, 2017

  • A nice flowery term for bureaucracy.

    February 27, 2016