money earned; wages; profits.

Nearby words

  1. earned surplus,
  2. earner,
  3. earnest,
  4. earnest money,
  5. earnestly,
  6. earnings per share,
  7. earnings related supplement,
  8. earom,
  9. earp,
  10. earp, wyatt

Origin of earnings

before 1050; Middle English erning, Old English earning, earnung merit, pay. See earn1, -ing1, -s3

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British Dictionary definitions for earnings


pl n

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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