income

[in-kuhm]

noun

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 formsin·come·less, adjective

Synonyms for income

Antonyms for income

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Historical Examples of income

  • Every rational luxury is to be procured in England by such an income.

  • "It is very disagreeable when one's income becomes a burden," said Christine gravely.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The income of their uncle, the canon, was hardly sufficient for the family's needs.

  • An elderly spinster; boarders are her distraction as well as a source of income.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But, as I said before, a disaster happened, and there must then have been a falling off in the income.


British Dictionary definitions for income

income

noun

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 for income

C13 (in the sense: arrival, entrance): from Old English incumen a coming in
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Word Origin and History for income
n.

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

income in Culture

income

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.

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