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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Hence, return; reward.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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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