\ 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)

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

Lovehoney makes a beautiful and affordable option for plus sizes, its Plus Size Off the Shoulder Lace Mini Dress. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Online Sex Toy Boutique Lovehoney Is Having a Sale on Some of Our Favorite Vibrators," 8 Mar. 2019 Delicious finger food was served for the impressive number of 800 plus guests, and the finest champagne flowed amongst tables before groom, Jack Brooksbank, and father of the bride, Prince Andrew, took time to toast the room. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jack Brooksbank and Prince Andrew's Wedding Speeches to Princess Eugenie Sound So Emotional," 13 Oct. 2018 On the plus side, EA didn’t pull an Activision and announce record profits before the layoffs. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Free copies of Morrowind, Divinity: Original Sin 2 gets a tactics spinoff," 25 Mar. 2019 The computer giant holds a leading 32 percent share of the $700 million-plus market for blockchain products and services, WinterGreen Research said in January, and has 1,500 working in the field. Olga Kharif, The Seattle Times, "Walmart tells leafy green suppliers to start using blockchain," 24 Sep. 2018 Even if that actually happens — and it has been promised before with no actual results — the North Korean massive conventional force (including a million-plus man army) would pose a significant threat to the south. James Stavridis, Time, "I Was a Navy Admiral. Here's Why Ending 'War Games' With South Korea Would Be a Grave Mistake," 12 June 2018 Song is among a highly elite squad of ultra-influencers, with million-plus followings. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "After Almost a Decade, Aimee Song's Influence Is More Bankable Than Ever," 25 Apr. 2018 Whatever comes next will be more expensive, likely in the $2 million plus range. San Francisco Chronicle, "Two Bay Area houses underline the housing crisis," 20 Apr. 2018 That came and went without a decision on where to put the $200 million-plus stadium. Cameron Knight,, "FC Cincinnati wants 'winning partnership' for stadium in West End," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Additionally, its champagne-gold hue flatters a variety of different skin tones which is always a plus. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Too Faced Dropped a Puppy-Themed Highlighter, and It's Almost Too Cute to Use," 8 May 2019 The leather envelope closure, gold buttons, and logo zipper gave the otherwise plain bag the slightest touch of elegance, which was a plus. Glamour, "The Longchamp Le Pliage Bag Is the Perfect Tote Bag, Period," 18 Apr. 2019 In October, International Business Machines bought Red Hat and was downgraded to A from A-plus. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Bond Investors Shouldn’t Fixate Too Much on the Alphabet," 21 Feb. 2019 That is no surprise; in his season-plus as manager, Lovullo has tended to remain patient with struggling players. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "John Ryan Murphy’s production still not earning more ABs over struggling Alex Avila," 29 May 2018 The American Society of Civil Engineers in its 2017 report rated the state of the nation's infrastructure as a whole and gave it a D-plus. Steve Patterson, NBC News, "One year later, Oroville dam crisis still weighs on residents’ minds," 11 Feb. 2018 From a security standpoint, there’s another plus: The new 9th-generation parts contain some of Intel’s first mitigations in hardware to solve the Meltdown bug, the company said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel debuts 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists," 8 Oct. 2018 And there’s another plus: Black stainless steel is said to resist smudges better than traditional stainless. Michelle Martin For Toll Brothers, Detroit Free Press, "Top 6 trends in the kitchen and bath," 16 May 2018 More pluses: The products are all cruelty-, paraben- and fragrance-free. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "Zip Through Your Morning Makeup Routine With These Time-Saving Woosh Beauty Products," 14 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Getting justice for the other 20 plus women who have accused [Trump] of ... violating them. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Trump Accuser Alva Johnson Speaks About Being Believed, Standing Her Ground, and Her Lawsuit," 11 Mar. 2019 Both models also feature self-cleaning 64-ounce containers, big enough to feed family plus a few friends. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon's Having a Major Sale on Vitamix Blenders Today," 26 Feb. 2019 My education consists of 12 years of Catholic school plus two years of community college, culminating with an associate’s degree in business. WSJ, "Don’t Make College the One Path to a Career," 7 Jan. 2019 Nectar Sleep: Save $125 on a Nectar mattress plus two free Nectar pillows. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals you can still shop," 27 Nov. 2018 Twenty-two more states plus Washington, D.C., have recently introduced or passed bills to permit sports betting. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "2018 in The Numbers: Caffeine Fixes, Asylum Seekers and Bad Passwords (Again)," 21 Dec. 2018 Nectar Sleep: Save $125 on a Nectar mattress plus two free Nectar pillows. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals you can still shop," 27 Nov. 2018 Yoga plus a drink The Barefoot Haven is hosting an all-levels vinyasa flow class at the Umbrella Bar at The Rock Sports Complex, 7900 Crystal Ridge Road, Franklin, July 1. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This suburban bar is hosting yoga (yes, yoga) July 1," 25 June 2018 Remember that neat deal at Best Buy for $60 off a Ring Video Doorbell 2 plus a free Echo Dot? Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals include Apple Watch, Samsung phones and lots of free Echos," 26 Nov. 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)

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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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