Earn·ing, n.; pl. Earnings That which is earned; wages gained by work or services; money earned; -- used commonly in the plural.
As to the common people, their stock is in their persons and in their earnings. --Burke.
n 1: the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of
time (including depreciation and other non-cash
expenses) [syn: net income, net, net profit, lucre,
2: something that remunerates; "wages were paid by check"; "he
wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all
their earnings" [syn: wage, pay, remuneration, salary]