• "'Live on sixpence a day—and earn it!'"
    "'Live on sixpence a day—and earn it!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n earnings the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
    • n earnings something that remunerates "wages were paid by check","he wasted his pay on drink","they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'" "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Glenn Miller was the first performer to earn a gold record. He got it for the Chattanooga Choo Choo on February 10, 1942.
    • n.pl Earnings what one has earned: money saved
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “Luck is not chance, it is toil. Fortune is expensive smile is earned.”
  • Ogden Nash
    “There is only one thing for a man to do who is married to a woman who enjoys spending money, and that is enjoy earning it.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “He who marries for money earns it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Any man who married for money and got it. Earned it.”
  • Ezra Bowen
    Ezra Bowen
    “If you marry for money, you will surely earn it.”
  • Raymond Chandler
    “However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.”


A penny saved is a penny earned - Saving money is just as important as earning money- we shouldn't spend it foolishly.
Earn a living - To make money. Example: We need to get a good job to earn a decent living.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. earnian, to earn; cog. with Old High Ger. aran, to reap; Ger. ernte, harvest.


In literature:

I have twenty dollars in my purse, and it will last me till I can earn more.
"Adrift in New York" by Horatio Alger
He earns an honest living with that thing, you know.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
A week later I was an apprentice in a Sixth Avenue millinery store earning four dollars a week.
"Aliens or Americans?" by Howard B. Grose
He had then earned enough money to buy a small farm for his mother.
"Stories of Great Inventors" by Hattie E. Macomber
Now, can you two think of a way to earn money for the Red Cross?
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony" by Laura Lee Hope
Families are small in the Avenue, and Madame Restelle boasts, that her wealth has been earned in a large degree by keeping them so.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The loss of his hard-earned money had taken a deeper hold upon him than a girl so young as Phebe could imagine.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
In those days his father was alive, and earning good wages as a fireman in the London Fire Brigade.
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade
I wonder how I can earn mine.
"Grace Harlowe's Problem" by Jessie Graham Flower
If they must earn their living, the problem is harder.
"Girls and Women" by Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

In poetry:

"He in safety industriously plies
His sweet honest work all the day,
Then home with his earnings he flies;
Nor in thieving his time wastes away."—
"Wasps In A Garden" by Charles Lamb
I'll tell you how to sing a clearer carol
Than lark who hails the dawn or breezy down
To earn yourself a purer poet's laurel
Than Shakespeare's crown.
"A Farewell" by Charles Kingsley
Things of great worth shall come to pass
By true foreknowledge and in fact,—
Names worthier than mine in fame
And words which earned me men's esteem.
"Things of great worth shall come to pass..." by Boris Pasternak
But his—God kept it safe from harm.
He toiled, and dared, and earned command;
And those three stripes upon his arm
Were more to me than gold or land.
"The Mango-Tree" by Charles Kingsley
"O mercy, mercy, noble lord!
Spare the poor's pittance," was his cry,
"Earn'd by the sweat these brows have pour'd,
In scorching hour of fierce July."—
"The Wild Huntsman" by Sir Walter Scott
Cheated by pleasure, and sated with pain,--
Watching for honour, and watching in vain,--
Aching in heart, and ailing in head,
Wearily earning daily bread.
"Forty" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Earned income tax trims Amity budget deficit.
With the win, Ye equaled Stephanie Rice's IM sweep from 2008, and earned her second Olympic gold medal.
Giant Eucalyptus Trees Earn Rain Forest Stripes.
Western Pennsylvania's Scalp Level Art School paintings earning national recognition.
Hacker was required to earn.
Serving well on and off the court helped city native Tyler McCullough earn an award named for one of history's greatest tennis players and humanitarians.
In 2008, the median weekly earnings of Hispanic women ($501) was surpassed by that of women of all other races: Asian ($753), white ($654) and blacks ($554), according to a July report by the US Department of Labor.
Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr (above) and Clint Bowyer earned the first Chase entries for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Asian-American s are now the country's best-educated, highest-earning and fastest-growing racial group.
Assemblywoman Donna Simon earns endorsement of IBEW Local 102.
Jake Gagne of Ramona earned his first podium of the season on Saturday in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race held at the famed Assen circuit in the Netherlands.
27 BC students earn Associate Degree of Nursing.
People with an associate's degree in a STEM field earn more than those with a bachelor's degree in education or liberal arts, according to new data released Thursday by the United States Census Bureau.
Nicole Michelle Martin of Sterling was among the Southeast Community College students who earned degrees, diplomas or certificates during graduation exercises following the 2011 Fall Quarter.
Nearly 78% of homes sold during the first quarter were affordable to those earning the national median income of $65,000, according to a report released Thursday by the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo.

In science:

Gottschalk (1995): “Trends in the Covariance Structure of Earnings in the U.S.,” Working Paper.
Changes in the Distribution of Income Volatility
Solon (2008): “Trends in Mens Earnings Volatility: What Does the Panel Study of Income Dynamics Show?,” Working Paper.
Changes in the Distribution of Income Volatility
Placing the article in one of the high impact journals “earns” in some places much more “merit” than publication in a journal that has small, local circulation or is too limited in scope.
Peer-review in the Internet age
Individuals with a doctorate earned in 2001 or earlier would therefore have had the opportunity to contribute for a minimum of five consecutive calendar years.
A view of mathematics research productivity at U.S. regional public universities
The Arrow-Debreu model can be extended to include a form of time and contingency but it appears only at the cost of entirely unrealistic assumptions, such as that each household can make a complete future projection of their earnings and consumption plans, for their whole lives, for all possible contingencies.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets