From Middle English, equivalent to in- + come. Cognate with Dutch inkomen (“income, earnings, gainings”), German Einkommen (“income, earnings, competence”), Icelandic innkváma (“income”), Danish indkomst (“income”), Swedish inkomst (“income”).
income (plural incomes)
- Money one earns by working or by capitalising on the work of others.
- 2010 Dec. 4, Evan Thomas, "Why It’s Time to Worry", Newsweek (retrieved 16 June 2013):
- In 1970 the richest 1 percent made 9 percent of the nation’s income; now that top slice makes closer to 25 percent.
2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 19:
- It is the starving of the public sector which has been pivotal in America no longer being the land of opportunity – with a child's life prospects more dependent on the income and education of its parents than in other advanced countries.
- (obsolete) A coming in; arrival; entrance; introduction.
- Bishop Rust
- more abundant incomes of light and strength from God
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- Bishop Rust
- (archaic or dialectal, Scotland) A newcomer or arrival; an incomer.
- (obsolete) An entrance-fee.
- (archaic) A coming in as by influx or inspiration, hence, an inspired quality or characteristic, as courage or zeal; an inflowing principle.
- I would then make in and steep / My income in their blood.
- (UK dialectal, Scotland) A disease or ailment without known or apparent cause, as distinguished from one induced by accident or contagion; an oncome.
- That which is taken into the body as food; the ingesta; sometimes restricted to the nutritive, or digestible, portion of the food.