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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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  • I was to give half my earnings and to do for Eileen exactly as I did for you.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The gross earnings have largely increased during the years 1891 and 1892.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • Where gross annual earnings, per mile, shall be $4,000 or more.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • He now also fell upon the children's earnings with greater avidity than ever.

  • But all the same, mamma has a weakness for him, and lets him take all my earnings.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
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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