revenue

[ rev-uh n-yoo, -uh-noo ]
/ ˈrɛv ənˌyu, -əˌnu /

noun

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

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·e·nu·al [rev-uh n-yoo-uh l, -uh-noo-, ri-ven-yoo-] /ˈrɛv ənˌyu əl, -əˌnu-, rɪˈvɛn yu-/, adjectiverev·e·nued, adjectivenon·rev·e·nue, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for revenue

revenue

/ (ˈrɛvɪˌnjuː) /

noun

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 for revenue

C16: from Old French, from revenir to return, from Latin revenīre; see revenant
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Culture definitions for revenue

revenue


The income of local, state, or national governments.

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