\ ˈpləs How to pronounce plus (audio) \

Definition of plus

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : algebraically positive
2 : having, receiving, or being in addition to what is anticipated
3a : 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)


plural pluses\ ˈplə-​səz How to pronounce pluses (audio) \ also plusses

Definition of plus (Entry 2 of 4)

2 : an added quantity
3 : a positive factor or quality

Definition of plus (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Definition of plus (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : and eats alone, a hot beef sandwich plus a BLT plus apple pie— Garrison Keillor
2 : in addition to which it's also pretty on my open shelves, plus it smells good— Nikki Giovanni

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The margin of error was plus/minus 6 percentage points. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "56% of parents say they favor return to school, poll shows," 19 June 2020 On the plus side, initiative is now more in line with true Dungeons & Dragons. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "New Baldur's Gate III gameplay shows off the Underdark and a mushroom man," 18 June 2020 Sam’s Club has a two-tiered membership with the club level costing $45 and plus level at $100 annually. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Sam's Club launching curbside pickup at all stores nationwide, will continue senior concierge service," 11 June 2020 In addition to the high-end fastball speed, Abel has improved his slider to become a plus pitch off of his fastball. oregonlive, "Jesuit pitcher Mick Abel selected by Philadelphia Phillies with No. 15 pick in 2020 MLB draft," 10 June 2020 On the plus side, the lifting of lockdowns should see economic activity and industrial output rebound for May and June—though external demand remains a problem. David Meyer, Fortune, "On racial equity, how can companies show they mean what they say?," 8 June 2020 Crawford is a plus run defender when aligned inside and on the edge for the Cowboys. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 underrated players on the Cowboys’ 2020 roster, including the glue that holds the D-line together," 3 June 2020 The lack of looks amplifies the high-school-righty risk that worries many teams, but the upside of three plus pitches with similar command is hard to ignore. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "MLB mock draft: Arizona Diamondbacks take Pete Crow-Armstrong or Nick Bitsko in MLB draft?," 1 June 2020 In your current call, look for the Add person icon (a plus icon next to a silhouette) in the lower right-hand corner. David Nield, Popular Science, "Eighteen ways to improve your video calls," 1 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The larger plane created more space in all cabins, but was a specific plus for Kelly, who snagged extra privacy (and protection) in a pod-like business class seat. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, "Is It Safe to Fly Right Now? Here's What Experts Have to Say," 25 June 2020 But an emergency response team that doesn’t involve cops is a plus, Sailon says. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Defund police? Some cities have already started, investing in mental health instead," 23 June 2020 Their familiarity is only going to be a plus for a Louisville offense that returns every starter other than Becton, Haycraft and wide receiver Seth Dawkins. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Why Louisville's interior offensive line, though overlooked, could be a big strength," 23 June 2020 For chassis performance, the 4Runner earned a high B-plus. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, "Seven 1990 SUVs Tested: Ford vs. GMC vs. Isuzu vs. Jeep vs. Mitsubishi vs. Nissan vs. Toyota," 22 June 2020 But a plus is the plan to resurrect The Turf, which Porter said should serve as a stimulator for some sort of redevelopment. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greenfield plans to buy the coveted Loomis Crossing land from the state for redevelopment," 16 June 2020 Their pods are also plastic-free and compostable, which is always a plus. Popular Science, "Great tasting K-cups for your morning cup of coffee," 10 June 2020 Adofo-Mensah’s experience in the frenzied world of commodities trading has been a plus. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Browns VP of Football Ops Kwesi Adofo-Mensah: ‘I know what it takes to win and I’ll never back down from that’," 11 June 2020 One major plus for Southwest is its financial condition — the best in the airline industry, analysts and consultants say. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Southwest rebuilding flight schedule at San Antonio International," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Those teams are the top eight teams from each conference plus the six teams within six games of the No. 8 team in either conference. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "NBA announces plan to restart season on July 30," 26 June 2020 The union wanted 70 games and $1.73 billion plus a $50 million pool. Ronald Blum, Anchorage Daily News, "Major League Baseball plans 60-game season, shortest since 1878, as union balks," 23 June 2020 The union wanted 70 games and $1.73 billion plus a $50 million pool. Peter Mathews, azcentral, "MLB plans to move forward with 60-game schedule after players' latest rejection," 22 June 2020 West Mesquite High School will receive $25,000 plus another $25,000 worth of school supplies, including Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablets and other classroom items. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite ‘Teacher of the Year’ wins $50K for her school," 16 June 2020 Gap is offering 60 percent off everything plus an extra 20 percent off sitewide. NBC News, "What to shop 2020: Best deals in June, according to an expert," 3 June 2020 Despite being an easy concept to understand—tea plus sparkling water equals sparkling tea—many consumers have never had a sparkling tea. Rachel King, Fortune, "The soda market is popping with new contenders. Will they stay or fizzle out?," 5 June 2020 The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference postseason fields. Tim Reynolds, Anchorage Daily News, "NBA approves plan to return July 31 with games near Orlando," 4 June 2020 Ohio City Health Center: MetroHealth today will open its Ohio City Health Center at the Urban Community School, a new facility offering medical care plus economic, social and legal services to the community. cleveland, "Cleveland cleans up after George Floyd protests turn riotous: The Wake Up for Monday, June 1, 2020," 1 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: 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, "Fridays are better with free coffee and fries, plus other deals around Denver June 10-16," 9 June 2017 A total of 29 states plus the nation’s capital have legal medical cannabis. Luis Gómez Romero, The Cannabist, "Analysis: U.S. marijuana policy will make it NAFTA’s biggest loser as Canada and Mexico cash in," 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, "Daily News HomePage for March 31," 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, "My practical 49ers QB wish-list: Ranking Cousins, Garoppolo, Taylor, Schaub, Watson and much more," 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, "Frei: It’s amazing that the Avalanche is drawing as well as it is. Yes, “well.”," 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, "Downtown Stillwater getting two new hotels," 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, "For 50 years, the Orange County Seniors Golf Association has welcomed retirees from dozens of local country clubs," 4 Jan. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'plus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of plus


1756, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plus


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

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“Plus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plus. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plus

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: having a value that is above zero
used after a number to indicate a range greater than that number



English Language Learners Definition of plus (Entry 2 of 4)

informal : something that is useful or helpful

English Language Learners Definition of plus (Entry 3 of 4)

used to indicate that one number or amount is being added to another
: and also : as well as

English Language Learners Definition of plus (Entry 4 of 4)

informal : in addition
\ ˈpləs How to pronounce plus (audio) \

Kids Definition of plus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: falling high in a certain range He got a grade of B plus.

Kids Definition of plus (Entry 2 of 2)

: increased by : with the addition of 4 plus 5 equals 9. You can come, plus your friends.
\ ˈpləs How to pronounce plus (audio) \

Medical Definition of plus

: 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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