\ 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 plus (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

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 For plus-size travelers especially, densifying airplane cabins can be both a comfort and safety issue. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 Searching for plus-size homecoming dresses can be tough but Seventeen is here to make the dress-finding journey as easy as possible. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 28 July 2022 Plus Size collection, following up on two previous seasons of successful plus-size collection launches. Steve Larese, Outside Online, 11 July 2022 The explosive interview, in which Razek also said there was no public interest in a plus-size Victoria's Secret catwalk, sparked public outrage and model mutiny. Leah Dolan, CNN, 14 July 2022 Earlier this year, Vogue Business covered the lack of male body diversity on the runways, reporting that only seven out of 77 brands across the fall 2022 menswear season featured plus-size models. José Criales-unzueta, Vogue, 13 July 2022 That’s precisely how plus-size fashion started back in the 1900s. Gianluca Russo,, 12 July 2022 Spotting cute plus-size clothing can be a challenge since not all brands are size-inclusive. Raena Loper, Good Housekeeping, 11 July 2022 More:Why are there no plus-size contestants on 'blind' dating shows? Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 11 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The egg chair's 1-year limited warranty is definitely a plus, though its low 265-pound maximum weight capacity may be a dealbreaker for some. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2022 The addition of the meta-material this season has been a plus, as the trio of amateur detectives has become famous. Matthew Gilbert,, 19 July 2022 There is also plenty of parking, which is always a plus in Houston. Sean Watson, Chron, 15 July 2022 Integration with other business tools, such as accounting software, is also a plus. Percy Hung, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Sunny, dry days are best for hunts; a lack of wind is also a plus. New York Times, 26 June 2022 His left-handed bat is a plus, too, for an Orioles lineup without many lefties. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 28 May 2022 This would be a big plus in helping Air Force and Navy warplanes bridge the distance between North America and Asia, and the Pacific Ocean in-between. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 July 2022 The ability to undertake long-range trips without range anxiety is a big plus. Neil Winton, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Shyamalan’s name plus a cast headed by Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix ensures a solid opening for Disney followed by steady attendance into September. Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Aug. 2022 Vineyards are rated from plus three to minus three points (although select vines for reserve wines are rated between plus and minus six points). Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 If Ankalaev were to win, the player would get their $100 bonus plus a return on the $5 wager. Xl Media, cleveland, 29 July 2022 The third element to this dish that exemplifies Sri Lankan cooking is its use of herbs and spices: Fresh curry leaves, cumin seeds and ground turmeric, along with a curry powder that includes those plus a few more spices. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 10 July 2022 Bonnie Bruce of Celilo Gardens, a landscape design studio in Portland, renovated a pool-dominating backyard in Cedar Hills to make way for three outdoor entertaining areas plus a hot tub. oregonlive, 6 July 2022 In 1995, Kruzan was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder plus a four-year consecutive firearm enhancement after being tried as an adult. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 6 July 2022 In 2013, Kruzan was resentenced to 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus a four-year firearm enhancement, a total term of 19 years to life. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 5 July 2022 In 2013, Kruzan was resentenced to 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus a four-year firearm enhancement, a total term of 19 years to life, according to the pardon. Hannah Sarisohn, CNN, 3 July 2022 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, 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 See More

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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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Kids Definition of plus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: falling high in a certain range Maybe she thought I deserved at least a B plus.— John David Anderson, Ms. Bixby's Last Day



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.


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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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