1. The amount of revenue a company earned during a designated period of time. This is usually defined in quarters, three calendar months, or a year. Publicly traded companies generally disclose quarterly and annual earnings to shareholders in an earnings report.

2. A company’s profits or net income after taxes and operating costs. The total money brought in by the company is generally referred to as revenue. Earnings are calculated by subtracting taxes and other expenses from total revenue.

3. Jargon: The stated source of an executive’s stress and the excuse for why he can’t be emotionally present.


Executive’s spouse: “Are you even listening to me?”
Executive: “I’m sorry, honey. I’ve just been going over this quarter’s earnings report, and the board isn’t going to be happy.”