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[in-kuhm] /ˈɪn kʌm/
the monetary payment received for goods or services, or from other sources, as rents or investments.
something that comes in as an addition or increase, especially by chance.
Archaic. a coming in.
Origin of income
1250-1300; Middle English: literally, that which has come in, noun use of incomen (past participle of incomen to come in), Old English incuman; see in, come
Related forms
incomeless, adjective
1. interest, salary, wages, annuity, gain, return, earnings.
1. outgo, expenditure. Unabridged
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  • The chief source of income in Ireland came from the pasture lands on which cattle were bred.

  • With no income save what she earned from week to week they were equally impossible.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • They had left me an income of three hundred and fifty dollars a year; and I determined to go to college.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • And your little chocolate factory gives you at least some income?

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • Meanwhile Rufus had succeeded in making an arrangement which promised to add to his weekly income.

    Rufus and Rose Horatio Alger, Jr
British Dictionary definitions for income


/ˈɪnkʌm; ˈɪnkəm/
the amount of monetary or other returns, either earned or unearned, accruing over a given period of time
receipts; revenue
(rare) an inflow or influx
Word Origin
C13 (in the sense: arrival, entrance): from Old English incumen a coming in
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Word Origin and History for income

c.1300, "entrance, arrival," literally "what enters," perhaps a noun use of the late Old English verb incuman "come in," from in (adv.) + cuman "to come" (see come). Meaning "money made through business or labor" (i.e., "that which 'comes in' as a product of work or business") first recorded c.1600. Income tax is from 1799, first introduced in Britain as a war tax, re-introduced 1842; authorized on a national level in U.S. in 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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income in Culture

income definition

The amount of money received during a period of time in exchange for labor or services, from the sale of goods or property, or as a profit from financial investments.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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