plural noun
earn·​ings | \ ˈər-niŋz How to pronounce earnings (audio) \

Definition of earnings

1 : something (such as wages) earned
2 : the balance of revenue after deduction of costs and expenses

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Examples of earnings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting earnings of $1.98 a share on sales of $20.2 billion. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "J&J Hopes Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Will Restart Shortly," 13 Oct. 2020 The results beat analysts' expectations for earnings of $2.23 a share, according to FactSet. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon calls for more federal stimulus spending," 13 Oct. 2020 Bumping the $108 by 10% renders earnings-per-share of $120. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "After soaring, then plunging, earnings are heading for a ‘new normal.’ But where is that, exactly?," 13 Oct. 2020 The company expects revenue of $17.6 billion, in line with analysts’ estimates, and adjusted operating earnings of $2.58 a share. Olivia Carville, Bloomberg.com, "IBM to Spin Off Legacy IT Business, Pegging Future on Cloud," 8 Oct. 2020 Adjusted earnings of $1.53 per share beat analysts’ expectations of $1.52 per share. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Hunt Valley-based McCormick & Co. sees sales boost amid coronavirus pandemic," 29 Sep. 2020 Snyder’s valuation also accounts for Penney’s $1.4 billion-a-year e-commerce business that’s growing and generates annual operating earnings of $100 million. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "J.C Penney isn’t ‘hopelessly insolvent,’ adviser says, giving shareholders hope," 25 Sep. 2020 Despite federal help, earnings of state residents hit by high unemployment and furloughs fell steeply during the worst of the coronavirus. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Despite billions of dollars from Washington, personal income in Connecticut lagged the rest of the country during the worst of the coronavirus," 24 Sep. 2020 UnitedHealth Group reported net earnings of $6.6 billion in the second quarter of 2020. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984.," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of earnings

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of earnings was in 1594

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17 Oct 2020

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“Earnings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earnings. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce earnings (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of earnings

: money received as wages or gained as profit


noun plural
earn·​ings | \ ˈər-niŋz How to pronounce earnings (audio) \

Kids Definition of earnings

: money received as wages or gained as profit


noun plural

Legal Definition of earnings

1 : something (as wages or dividends) earned as compensation for labor or the use of capital
2 : the balance of revenue for a specified period that remains after deducting related costs and expenses incurred — compare profit

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