[rev-uhn-yoo, -uh-noo]
the income of a government from taxation, excise duties, customs, or other sources, appropriated to the payment of the public expenses.
the government department charged with the collection of such income.
revenues, the collective items or amounts of income of a person, a state, etc.
the return or yield from any kind of property, patent, service, etc.; income.
an amount of money regularly coming in.
a particular item or source of income.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of revenir to return < Latin revenīre, equivalent to re- re- + venīre to come

revenual [rev-uhn-yoo-uhl, -uh-noo-, ri-ven-yoo-] , adjective
revenued, adjective
nonrevenue, adjective, noun Unabridged
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revenue (ˈrɛvɪˌnjuː)
1.  the income accruing from taxation to a government during a specified period of time, usually a year
2.  a.  a government department responsible for the collection of government revenue
 b.  (as modifier): revenue men
3.  the gross income from a business enterprise, investment, property, etc
4.  a particular item of income
5.  something that yields a regular financial return; source of income
[C16: from Old French, from revenir to return, from Latin revenīre; see revenant]

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Word Origin & History

1433, "income from property or possessions," from M.Fr. revenue, from O.Fr., "a return," prop. fem. pp. of revenir "come back," from L. revenire "return, come back," from re- "back" + venire "come" (see venue). Meaning "public income" is first recorded 1690. Revenuer "U.S.
Department of Revenue agent," the bane of Appalachian moonshiners, first attested 1880.
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revenue definition

The income of local, state, or national governments.

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