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[ur-ningz] /ˈɜr nɪŋz/
money earned; wages; profits.
Origin of earnings
before 1050; Middle English erning, Old English earning, earnung merit, pay. See earn, -ing1, -s3 Unabridged
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  • She was a single mom with a successful career as a hedge-fund money manager, her earnings doubling, then tripling.
  • In-the-money options-but not at-the-money options-had to be recorded as an expense, which drove down reported earnings.
  • Average wages and salaries grew because the earnings of those belonging to the highest income categories increased rapidly.
  • But getting behind the velvet rope isn't based on market cap, earnings or shares owned.
  • But what the hoodlum thought was the restaurant's earnings for the day turned out to be dough in the literal sense.
  • It is not occupied by sweet moral scientists who pay for their research out of daddy's wealthy earnings.
  • Cost reduction has been over emphasized as a way to improve earnings.
  • Nor does their education level correlate with their box office earnings.
  • Movie-makers are burning potential earnings when they have onscreen characters light up, new research suggests.
  • Espial investigations merely leads to more paperwork, tying up lobbying rack earnings.
British Dictionary definitions for earnings


plural noun
money or other payment earned
the profits of an enterprise
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Word Origin and History for earnings

amount of money one makes (from labor or investment), 1732, from plural of verbal noun earning (Old English earnung "fact of deserving; what one deserves;" see earn).

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