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 The measure tries to avoid firms making accounting adjustments to earnings in the short run that may weaken long-term profitability. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Speaking on an earnings call Wednesday, Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase, described ongoing supply strains and price increases as the side effects of strong growth. David J. Lynch And Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Oct. 2021 In a second quarter earnings call in July 2020, the company’s longtime chief executive, Gerald W. Evans, told stock analysts the new line already was a moneymaker. Mark Pazniokas, courant.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Business)Corporate profits soared in the first half of this year, largely because of favorable comparisons to last year's weak earnings. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 10 Oct. 2021 The proof is the share of the GDP pie now flowing to corporate earnings. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 During Amplify’s earnings call in August, Willsher said the company puts a premium on returning value to its shareholders. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 In an earnings call last week, FedEx President and Chief Operating Officer Raj Subramaniam said the company’s Portland hub is staffed at about 65% of its full capacity. oregonlive, 28 Sep. 2021 Nike had less than stellar news for sneakerheads in its earnings call on Sept. 23. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 24 Sep. 2021

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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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“Earnings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earnings. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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