Meaning of “earnings” in the English Dictionary

"earnings" in British English

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earningsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈɜː.nɪŋz/ us /ˈɝː.nɪŋz/

B2 the amount of money that someone is paid for working:

Average earnings for skilled workers are rising.

a company's profits in a particular period:

Sun Microsystems reported earnings that were slightly better than the market had been expecting.

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  • Having a big mortgage is a real drain on your earnings.
  • She predicts pretax earnings of over $13 m for the company this year.
  • Wages rose by 2.9% last year, but real earnings still fell by 1.3%.
  • The rise in the value of the dollar has depressed the company's earnings this year.
  • He got into trouble by lying to the tax office about his earnings.

(Definition of “earnings” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"earnings" in American English

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earningsplural noun

us /ˈɜr·nɪŋz/

the amount of money that you are paid for the work you do, or the profit that a company makes

(Definition of “earnings” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"earnings" in Business English

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earningsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈɜːnɪŋz/ us

FINANCE a company's or industry's profits in a particular period:

Earnings from record sales topped £5 million.
lower/strong/record earnings It was one of the few companies that showed strong earnings.
Sun Microsystems reported earnings that were slightly better than the market had been expecting.
expected/forecast earnings

HR, WORKPLACE the money that a person makes for the work that they do:

Family credit is reduced as earnings rise.
They are suing each other for loss of earnings.
weekly/monthly earnings

(Definition of “earnings” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)