Definitions

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

  • noun The income of a government from all sources appropriated for the payment of the public expenses.
  • noun Yield from property or investment; income.
  • noun All the income produced by a particular source.
  • noun A governmental department set up to collect public funds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The annual rents, profits, interest, or issues of any kind of property, real or personal; income.
  • noun The annual income of a state, derived from the taxation, customs, excise, or other sources, and appropriated to the payment of the national expenses.
  • noun Return; reward.
  • noun Synonyms Profit, etc. See income.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which returns, or comes back, from an investment; the annual rents, profits, interest, or issues of any species of property, real or personal; income.
  • noun Hence, return; reward.
  • noun The annual yield of taxes, excise, customs, duties, rents, etc., which a nation, state, or municipality collects and receives into the treasury for public use.
  • noun an armed government vessel employed to enforce revenue laws, prevent smuggling, etc.

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

  • noun The income returned by an investment
  • noun The total income received from a given source
  • noun All income generated for some political entity's treasury by taxation and other means
  • noun accounting The total sales; turnover.
  • noun accounting The net revenue, net sales.

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

  • noun the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
  • noun government income due to taxation

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from feminine past participle of revenir, to return, from Latin revenīre : re-, re- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded in English from 1433, "income from property or possessions", from Middle French revenue, from Old French "a return" (modern French 'revenu'), the prop. feminine past participle of revenir ("come back") (=modern French), from Latin revenire ("to return, come back"), from re- ("back") + venire ("to come")

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