from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The line in a financial statement that shows net income or loss.
  • noun Financial matters, especially profit or loss.
  • noun The final result or statement; upshot.
  • noun The main or essential point.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun accounting The final balance; the amount of money or profit left after everything has been tallied.
  • noun idiomatic, uncountable The summary or result; the most important information; the upshot; the net-net.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the last line in an audit; the line that shows profit or loss
  • noun the decisive point


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

A reference to the literal bottom line of an income statement or other accounting record.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word bottom line.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.