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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)

  1. Money one earns by working or by capitalising on the work of others.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      The struggle with ways and means had recommenced, more difficult now a hundredfold than it had been before, because of their increasing needs. Their income disappeared as a little rivulet that is swallowed by the thirsty ground.
    • 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.
  2. (obsolete) A coming in; arrival; entrance; introduction.
  3. (archaic or dialectal, Scotland) A new-comer or arrival; an incomer.
  4. (obsolete) An entrance-fee.
  5. (archaic) A coming in as by influx or inspiration, hence, an inspired quality or characteristic, as courage or zeal; an inflowing principle.
  6. (UK dialectal, Scotland) A disease or ailment without known or apparent cause, as distinguished between one induced by accident or contagion; an oncome.