plus

1 of 4

adjective

1
: algebraically positive
2
: having, receiving, or being in addition to what is anticipated
3
a
: falling high in a specified range
a grade of C plus
b
: greater than that specified
c
: possessing a specified quality to a high degree
4
: electrically positive
5
: relating to or being a particular one of the two mating types that are required for successful fertilization in sexual reproduction in some lower plantlike organisms (such as a fungus)

plus

2 of 4

noun

plural pluses ˈplə-səz How to pronounce plus (audio) also plusses
1
2
: an added quantity
3
: a positive factor or quality
4

plus

3 of 4

preposition

1
: increased by : with the addition of
four plus five
principal plus interest
2
: besides
used chiefly in speech and casual writing
plus all this, as a sedative it has no equalGroucho Marx

plus

4 of 4

conjunction

1
: and
eats alone, a hot beef sandwich plus a BLT plus apple pieGarrison Keillor
2
: in addition to which
it's also pretty on my open shelves, plus it smells goodNikki Giovanni
Using Plus as a Conjunction: Usage Guide

The preposition plus has long been used with a meaning equivalent to and (as in "two plus two"); people have come to use plus as a conjunction much like and. Sense 2 is considered to be an adverb by some. It is used chiefly in speech and in informal writing.

Examples of plus in a Sentence

Noun The apartment isn't perfect, but the fact that it has new appliances is a plus. The job doesn't pay well, but the convenient hours are a definite plus. Preposition The hotel has two restaurants, plus a bar and a swimming pool. Conjunction He works a full-time job during the day, plus he goes to school at night. I enjoy gardening, plus it's good exercise.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The use of race as a plus factor in college and university admissions is even older. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 Allowing Brett to help himself and a plus one to the wedding is out of the question. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 Despite that, some evaluators around the sport have long believed in Ohtani’s ability to be a plus outfielder defensively, noting his speed, athleticism and throwing strength as obvious fits at the position. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Tap the plus icon to add an alarm and choose your time. Simon Hill, WIRED, 7 Feb. 2024 That compares with a plus 9.5 per 48 minutes for the troika of Butler, Adebayo and Highsmith – a group that started together for a time earlier this season. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 23 Mar. 2024 The central multifunction button handles playback and calls, while the plus and minus buttons control volume (quick taps) and track navigation (long presses). PCMAG, 17 Mar. 2024 These plus size patchwork jeans have a more rigid look but feature 1 percent spandex for some slight flexibility and long-lasting comfort. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2024 Then tap on the plus icon (with a circle around it) to add another emergency contact like Dad. Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy Report, Fox News, 3 Mar. 2024
Noun
An understanding of research and trend-spotting is a plus. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 16 Apr. 2024 Unexpectedly strong job growth, wages and consumer spending are a plus for most Americans but bad for inflation. Tyler Pager, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2024 Thanks to their minimal and chic style, they can easily be dressed up or down, which is a big plus. Jessica Booth, Parents, 5 Apr. 2024 Not having to think at all about the Start button’s position was a plus in Windows versions going back more than 20 years. PCMAG, 22 Mar. 2024 Overall, then, immigration appears to have been a big plus for U.S. economic growth, among other things expanding our productive capacity in a way that reduced the inflationary impact of Biden’s spending programs. Paul Krugman, The Mercury News, 22 Mar. 2024 But Take Note While the length measurement feature is a plus, the tray doesn’t extend beyond 23 inches. Laura Lu, Ms, Parents, 21 Mar. 2024 Knowing Spanish is a plus, but not necessary Can’t speak Spanish? Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2024 The five previous billion-dollar plus winners were split among five states. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024
Preposition
Gardner Minshew, Colts: one year, $3.5 million plus incentives. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2023 Most of the money for the project is to come from athletic department revenue – $120 million plus donations for approximately $195 million. Jeff Potrykus, Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 Lewis’ five-year contract will pay a base of $1.75 million plus incentives, along with $100,000 in annual escalators, according to a Memorandum of Understanding obtained by the Union-Tribune. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2023 Comedy may well be tragedy plus time, but Matthew Perry was that rare performer who could dispense with the time and convey both simultaneously. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 The deal, worth $53 billion plus debt, would give Chevron even greater access to US shale production in Texas’ Permian Basin, a part of the industry where Chevron (CVX) has been a leader for years. David Goldman, CNN, 23 Oct. 2023 Marcus Mariota, Eagles: one year, maximum $5 million plus incentives. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2023 Comedy is tragedy plus time, as Mark Twain is credited with saying, but could enough time ever pass to make decapitation funny? Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2023 The company also entered into a settlement with the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, with the total amount payable to the U.S. through all three cases reaching $635.2 million plus interest. Alexander Mallin, ABC News, 25 Apr. 2023
Conjunction
Plus, kids receive a free 4-inch-by-6-inch photo download of themselves with their catch. Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, 9 June 2017 A total of 29 states plus the nation’s capital have legal medical cannabis. Luis Gómez Romero, The Cannabist, 18 May 2017 This year there will be two Easter egg hunts, one at 9 a.m. and one at noon, with additional activities taking place from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cost is $5 per child for an Easter egg hunt only, $10 for the hunt plus other activities. Daily News Staff, The Mercury News, 27 Mar. 2017 Of course, even Shanahan might balk at paying a double-premium for Cousins–a big, multi-first-round trade price plus a huge contract extension–who is, after all, not young any more and has had his shaky moments throughout his career. Tim Kawakami, Talking Points, 7 Mar. 2017 Plus, there are nights when the announced attendance figure at Nuggets or Avalanche games triggers chuckles because so many sold or accounted-for tickets appear to be going unused. Terry Frei, The Denver Post, 25 Feb. 2017 The After Midnight Group owns several Cowboy Jack’s, plus Cowboy Slim’s, Sally’s Saloon, the Cabooze and the Joint Bar; CPM developed the University of Minnesota DoubleTree by Hilton and University Inn. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, 18 Jan. 2017 Club fees are $200 per year, plus the cost to travel to and play those members-only tournaments. Brian Whitehead, Orange County Register, 4 Jan. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Latin, adverb, more, from neuter of plur-, plus, adjective; akin to Greek pleion more, Latin plenus full — more at full

First Known Use

Adjective

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Conjunction

circa 1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plus was in 1537

Cite this Entry

“Plus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plus. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

plus

1 of 3 adjective
1
: mathematically positive
a plus quantity
2
: having, receiving, or being in addition to what is expected
now she is plus a kitten
3
: falling high in a certain range
a grade of C plus
4
: electrically positive

plus

2 of 3 noun
plural pluses ˈpləs-əz How to pronounce plus (audio) also plusses
1
: an added quantity
2
: something that is an advantage
that the machine operated quietly was a plus

plus

3 of 3 preposition
: increased by : with the addition of
4 plus 5 is 9

Medical Definition

plus

adjective
: relating to or being a particular one of the two mating types that are required for successful fertilization in sexual reproduction in some lower plants (as a fungus) compare minus

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