[rev-uh n-yoo, -uh-noo]


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 formsrev·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for revenue

Contemporary Examples of revenue

Historical Examples of revenue

  • 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.

  • 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 Formsrevenued, adjective

Word Origin for revenue

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

revenue in Culture


The income of local, state, or national governments.

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