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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The amount of money or its equivalent received during a period of time in exchange for labor or services, from the sale of goods or property, or as profit from financial investments.
  • n. The act of coming in; entrance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coming in; arrival; entrance; introduction.
  • n. A new-comer or arrival; an incomer.
  • n. An entrance-fee.
  • n. A coming in as by influx or inspiration, hence, an inspired quality or characteristic, as courage or zeal; an inflowing principle.
  • n. A disease or ailment without known or apparent cause, as distinguished between one induced by accident or contagion; an oncome.
  • n. Money one earns by working or capitalising off other people's work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coming in; entrance; admittance; ingress; infusion.
  • n. That which is caused to enter; inspiration; influence; hence, courage or zeal imparted.
  • n. That gain which proceeds from labor, business, property, or capital of any kind, as the produce of a farm, the rent of houses, the proceeds of professional business, the profits of commerce or of occupation, or the interest of money or stock in funds, etc.; revenue; receipts; salary; especially, the annual receipts of a private person, or a corporation, from property.
  • n. That which is taken into the body as food; the ingesta; -- sometimes restricted to the nutritive, or digestible, portion of the food. See Food. Opposed to output.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coming in; arrival; entrance; introduction.
  • n. A new-comer or arrival; an incomer.
  • n. An entrance-fee.
  • n. A coming in as by influx or inspiration; hence, an inspired quality or characteristic, as courage or zeal; an inflowing principle.
  • n. A disease or ailment coming without known or apparent cause, as distinguished from one induced by accident or contagion. See ancome, oncome.
  • n. That which comes in to a person as payment for labor or services rendered in some office, or as gain from lands, business, the investment of capital, etc.; receipts or emoluments regularly accruing, either in a given time, or, when unqualified, annually; the annual receipts of a person or a corporation; revenue: as, an income of five thousand dollars; his income has been much reduced; the income from the business is small.

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

  • n. the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time

Etymologies

Middle English, arrival, entrance, from incomen, to come in, from Old English incuman : in, in; see in1 + cuman, to come; see come.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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