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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 earn1, -ing1, -s3 Unabridged
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  • The house she took was capable of accommodating several families, and she considered it a safe investment for her "earnings."

    Remarkable Rogues Charles Kingston
  • Had she been taking some of her earnings to see a moving-picture?

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Through a special inquiry it was found that in only 363 cases out of this total were the earnings of the children really needed.

    Child Labor in City Streets Edward Nicholas Clopper
  • I should not need to ask charity if I could but be paid my earnings.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • She proposed that her son should join with her in her labours, and that she should receive his earnings.

    Curiosities of Impecuniosity H. G. Somerville
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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