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Usage statistics for the noun income:

conversational speech17.76%task-oriented speech82.24%

The word income is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

The word income and its family (incomes) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun income

What does income mean as a name of something?

Income is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: incomes

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

Alternative definition of the noun income


  1. [obsolete] A coming in; arrival; entrance; introduction.
  2. [archaic or dialectal, Scotland] A new-comer or arrival; an incomer.
  3. [obsolete] An entrance-fee.
  4. [archaic] A coming in as by influx or inspiration, hence, an inspired quality or characteristic, as courage or zeal; an inflowing principle.
  5. [context: UK dialectal, Scotland] A disease or ailment without known or apparent cause, as distinguished between one induced by accident or contagion; an oncome.
  6. [or uncountable] Money one earns by working or capitalising off other people's work.


"Income" is a composition.


  1. Income is the consumption and savings opportunity gained by an entity within a specified time frame, which is generally expressed in monetary terms. However, for households and individuals, "income is the sum of all the wages, salaries, profits, interests payments, rents and other forms of earnings received... in a given period of time. " For firms, income generally refers to net-profit: what remains of revenue after expenses have been subtracted.
  2. Income: In U.S. business and financial accounting, the income is generally defined by GAAP and the Financial Accounting Standards Board as: Revenues - Expenses; however, many people use it as shorthand for net income, which is the amount of money that a company earns after covering all of its costs as well as taxes.

Phrases with Income

Phrases starting with the word Income:

  1. income tax
  2. income bracket
  3. income statement
  4. income tax return
  5. income tax bracket

Phrases ending with the word Income:

  1. net income
  2. tax income
  3. Gross income
  4. rental income
  5. Stated Income
  6. national income
  7. personal income
  8. unearned income
  9. Household income
  10. disposable income
  11. government income
  12. per capita income
  13. Net Operating Income

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Income

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Google previewConcepts in Federal Taxation 2018 (2017)

by Kevin E. Murphy, Mark Higgins

Gross income is a more restrictive term.

Google previewMeasuring the Effect of Benefits and Taxes on Income and Poverty (1993)

Total money income is the sum of the amounts received from wages and salaries, self-employment income (including losses), Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, public assistance, interest, dividends, rent, royalties, estates or ...

Google previewEconomics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice [4 volumes] (2017)

by David A. Dieterle Ph.D.

Income is a flow value, which means its value measured is over a given period of time—for example, per week or per month or per year. People can be quite wealthy while having only a moderate income or even a low income. Vice versa ...

Google previewThe British Controversialist and Literary Magazine (1862)

Income is that which a man makes, or has, to live on — is that the enjoyment of which Government is appointed to secure to him. To pay a per...

Google previewThe Six-Day Financial Makeover (2006)

Transform Your Financial Life in Less Than a Week! by Robert Pagliarini

Earned income is an exchange of time for money.

Partnership and business income (if you don't have to work or manage anything to receive it) • Social Security and pension income Passive income is the Holy Grail of personal finance.

Earned income is a chain that restricts what you can do and when you can do it.

Google previewFood, Economics, and Health (2016)

Medicine, Healthcare by CTI Reviews

Household income is a measure of the combined incomes of all people sharing a particular household or place of residence.

Income is the consumption and savings opportunity gained by an entity within a specified timeframe, which is ...

Google previewIntegrated Accounting for Windows (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Income is the consumption and savings opportunity gained by an entity within a specified time frame, which is generally expressed in monetary terms. However, for households and individuals, 'income is the sum of all the wages, salaries, ...

Google previewPublic Finance (2014)

A Normative Theory by Richard W. Tresch

The only legitimate deduction from HaigeSimons income is the expenditures necessary for earning income in the first place, so-called business expenses. Presumably...

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

From the investor's standpoint, dividend income is an amount of cash received per share of stock held. For instance, if the dividend associated with stock ABC is $2.00 per share, the investor will receive $2.00 for every share of stock ABC held.

Google preview1980 Census of Population: Table 2. Panama City, Fla. SMSA through Yuba City, Calif. SMSA (1984)

The median income is the amount which divides the distribution into two equal groups, one having incomes above the median and the other having incomes below the median. For households, families, and unrelated individuals, the median ...

Google previewQuadrilingual Economics Dictionary (2012)

by Simon K. Kuipers, B.S. Wilpstra

income group f groupe m de revenus mpl d Einkommensgruppe f n inkomensgroep f income groups, middle - f classes fpl de revenus mpl moyens d mittlere Einkommensgruppen fpl n middengroepen fpl income multiplier f ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soviet Law (1985)

by F. J. Ferdinand Joseph Maria Feldbrugge, Gerard Pieter Van den Berg, William Bradford Simons

TAXATION OF FOREIGN CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS Foreign corporations and individuals are subject to Soviet income tax pursuant to an Edict of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet of 12 May 1978; the Decree took ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of the Securities Industry (1989)

by Stuart Valentine

So when an issue is successful, the underwriters obtain a useful additional income but, in return, they accept the risks involved in an unsuccessful issue. Generally speaking, underwriters are prepared to accept a degree of risk for all issues ...

Google previewDictionary of Financial Terms (2007)

by Virginia B. Morris, Kenneth M. Morris

Income fund Income funds are mutual funds whose investment objective is to produce current income rather than long-term growth, typically by investing in bonds or sometimes a combination of bonds and preferred stock. Investors, especially ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Aging (2006)

Fourth Edition, 2-Volume Set by Richard Schulz

Household wealth and current income limit consumption possibilities and require individuals to make choices.

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Quotes about Income

The income tax is a twentieth-century socialist experiment that has failed. Before the income tax was imposed on us just 80 years ago, government had no claim to our income. Only sales, excise, and tariff taxes were allowed. (Alan Keyes)
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Scrabble value of I1N1C3O1M3E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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