\ˈpləs \

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 \ also plusses

Definition of plus (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : plus sign

2 : an added quantity

3 : a positive factor or quality

4 : surplus

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 writing plus 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


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.


The hotel has two restaurants, plus a bar and a swimming pool.


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

His fastball sits in the low to mid 90s but can jump to 97 and his curveball and changeup are both already plus offerings. Jeff Sanders,, "Mock draft central, 2.0: Who the Padres might take with No. 7 pick," 1 June 2018 The 23-year-old has a plus changeup with sink, a cutting slider and average curveball. Dylan Sinn, USA TODAY, "Twins offseason report: Can contention become the norm?," 27 Jan. 2018 In this op-ed, supermodel Candice Huffine asks why plus size people are constantly left out of the activewear industry and fitness culture. Teen Vogue, "Plus Size Model Candice Huffine Thinks Fitness Is the Next Frontier for Inclusivity," 12 June 2018 The only major show during Men's Fashion Month that featured a plus model was ASOS. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "There Was Only One Plus Size Model During Men's Fashion Week," 13 July 2018 But Eshelman, the Astros’ 2015 second-round selection out of Cal State Fullerton, came to Philadelphia as a plus prospect. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Phillies minor leaguer Tom Eshelman working through struggles," 10 July 2018 Moore should be a plus perimeter shooter, but Garrett was only 26 percent from distance. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "'Proven college shooter' Vick could help KU's outside attack; Aldrich cut by Wolves," 30 June 2018 Maples has two plus pitches — a 98 mph fastball and a knee-buckling slider. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs Q&A: What's up with Kris Bryant's swing? When will reliever Dillon Maples get called up?," 26 June 2018 West Germany had two points and a plus two goal differential (5-3). David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Here's why the last matches in each World Cup group are played at the same time," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The designer has sold pieces on the luxury retailer 11 Honoré, but Wu had never created a full plus-sized collection. Glamour, "Every Single Look From Jason Wu's Plus-Size Collaboration With Eloquii," 1 Nov. 2018 There is currently no evidence that her fiance, Nick Jonas, will be in attendance for the nuptials as her plus one. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Priyanka Headed to the Other Royal Wedding?," 11 Oct. 2018 His strength and confidence in press coverage has been an underrated plus. Dan Wiederer,, "Prince Amukamara 'reaching for the stars' with his 10-interception goal this season," 11 July 2018 This is Puglisi’s first project designing clothes in the plus-size fashion space, taking inclusive style one more step closer to elevated fashion. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "Ashley Graham Is the Face of This New Sexy, Colorful Collaboration," 9 July 2018 Personality-plus: Saturday’s appearance in the Overton’s 300 was Harvick’s fourth in an Xfinity race this season. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Kyle Larson rides the wall to win NASCAR Xfinity Overton's 300 at Chicagoland Speedway," 1 July 2018 Securing the commitment of quarterback Cale Millen was a plus, but also means the Ducks failed to land the player(s) at the top of their quarterback board. Andrew Nemec,, "Listen: Grading Ducks, Beavers spring football recruiting effort," 11 May 2018 Foot speed and body control are a plus, but ball skills and hands have been inconsistent., "Cleveland Browns 2018 undrafted rookie free agent tracker: Live updates," 29 Apr. 2018 Another plus — unlike at the Bradley Center, the new arena's equipment runs on natural gas. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks say their new executive chef will make concessions the best of all sports arenas," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

For more great storytelling and in-depth analysis, subscribe to the magazine — and get up to 87 percent off the cover price plus two FREE gifts. Charlotte Wilder,, "The Real Story Behind LeBron James and the Thom Browne Matching Suits (And the Shorts)," 10 July 2018 In Michigan, an excise tax of 10 percent on the sale of marijuana plus the state’s 6 percent sales tax will be charged. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan's marijuana proposal differs from Colorado law," 12 July 2018 In 3-on-3 basketball, two teams of three players (plus one substitute) each play a half-court game with a single basket. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Hebard off to good start at 3-on-3 world basketball championships," 9 June 2018 For example, the stablecoin could be designed to lose 0.5 percent of its value against the dollar each month, giving the currency an effective inflation rate around eight percent (six percent plus the dollar's two-percent inflation rate). Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Basis—the “stable” cryptocurrency with $133 million invested—explained," 25 Apr. 2018 The bill would cap interest rates at 28 percent plus a monthly 5 percent fee on the first $400 borrowed. Jackie Borchardt,, "Ohioans could vote to rein in payday lenders -- again," 25 Jan. 2018 Their methodology: Try a basic cheeseburger plus one fancier wild-card burger at each place, along with French fries, onion rings (if available) and a chocolate shake. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 Their six bridesmaids—plus Vogue Style Editor Edward Barsamian—were in ivory power suits by Theory. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 Nectar Sleep: Save $125 off all Nectar mattresses plus two free pillows. Emily Heller, Curbed, "Where to shop the best 4th of July home goods sales," 29 June 2018

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

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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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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)

: 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)

: in addition


\ˈpləs \

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 \

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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