money earned; wages; profits.

before 1050; Middle English erning, Old English earning, earnung merit, pay. See earn, -ing1, -s3

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earnings (ˈɜːnɪŋz)
pl n
1.  money or other payment earned
2.  the profits of an enterprise

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Word Origin & History

amount of money one makes (from labor or investment), 1732, from plural of verbal noun earning (see earn).
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Example sentences
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.
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