Etymology
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earnings (n.)

amount of money one makes (from labor or investment), 1732, from plural of verbal noun earning, from earn (v.). Old English had earnung in sense "fact of deserving; what one deserves; merit, reward, consideration, pay," but the modern word seems to be a new formation.

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Definitions of earnings

earnings (n.)
the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses);
Synonyms: net income / net / net profit / lucre / profit / profits
earnings (n.)
something that remunerates;
they saved a quarter of all their earnings
Synonyms: wage / pay / remuneration / salary
From wordnet.princeton.edu