income

[ in-kuhm ]
/ ˈɪn kʌm /

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.

Nearby words

  1. incoherence,
  2. incoherency,
  3. incoherent,
  4. incohesive,
  5. incombustible,
  6. income account,
  7. income bond,
  8. income distribution,
  9. income fund,
  10. income group

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

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British Dictionary definitions for income

income

/ (ˈɪnkʌm, ˈɪnkəm) /

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

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

Culture definitions for income

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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