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[rev-uh n-yoo, -uh-noo] /ˈrɛv ənˌyu, -əˌnu/
the income of a government from taxation, excise duties, customs, or other sources, appropriated to the payment of the public expenses.
the government department charged with the collection of such income.
revenues, the collective items or amounts of income of a person, a state, etc.
the return or yield from any kind of property, patent, service, etc.; income.
an amount of money regularly coming in.
a particular item or source of income.
Origin of revenue
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of revenir to return < Latin revenīre, equivalent to re- re- + venīre to come
Related forms
[rev-uh n-yoo-uh l, -uh-noo-, ri-ven-yoo-] /ˈrɛv ənˌyu əl, -əˌnu-, rɪˈvɛn yu-/ (Show IPA),
revenued, adjective
nonrevenue, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for revenue
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  • There is nothing to do but go over the revenue from the estate.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • We saw the revenue button on his coat, so we brought him down.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • We say, therefore, that governments must limit their expenditure to their revenue.

    The Paper Moneys of Europe Francis W. Hirst
  • It was now Israel himself who suggested dubious means of revenue.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • It was my only revenue, however, and I continued to live upon it somehow.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for revenue


the income accruing from taxation to a government during a specified period of time, usually a year
  1. a government department responsible for the collection of government revenue
  2. (as modifier): revenue men
the gross income from a business enterprise, investment, property, etc
a particular item of income
something that yields a regular financial return; source of income
Derived Forms
revenued, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from revenir to return, from Latin revenīre; see revenant
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Word Origin and History for revenue

early 15c., "income from property or possessions," from Middle French revenue, in Old French, "a return," noun use of fem. past participle of revenir "come back" (10c.), from Latin revenire "return, come back," from re- "back" (see re-) + venire "come" (see venue). Meaning "public income" is first recorded 1680s; revenue sharing popularized from 1971. Revenuer "U.S. Department of Revenue agent," the bane of Appalachian moonshiners, first attested 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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revenue in Culture

revenue definition

The income of local, state, or national governments.

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