\ 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

On the plus side, drinks and snacks are complimentary, as is access to in-flight entertainment. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "JetBlue's Two-Day Sale Has $44 One-Way Flights," 28 Nov. 2018 On the plus side, Graphcore is extending the colorful designs to the rackmount exteriors, using the various shapes for the heat vents in a more outward-facing area, too. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Graphcore’s new AI chips are the best-looking server processors you’ll never see," 26 Nov. 2018 On the plus side, the 4G-X is easy to set up and to move between cars. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "A Good Signal Booster Is the Answer To Zero-Bar Dead Zones," 9 Nov. 2018 Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Rebel Wilson apologized for claiming to be the “first-ever plus-sized” woman rom-com lead," 6 Nov. 2018 Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "Rebel Wilson, Your Rom-Com Comments Erased Plus-Size Women of Color," 5 Nov. 2018 The eight-plus-hour flights will leave Heathrow at 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, arrive in Charleston at 9:20 p.m., and depart Charleston at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, arriving into London at 11:50 a.m. Monday, per British Airways. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "British Airways to Fly Nonstop to Charleston, S.C.—And Why That Matters," 19 Oct. 2018 Rodriguez possesses a plus fastball that sat at a heavy 92-to-94 mph for four innings in his most recent outing, and peaked at 96 mph. Jon Meoli,, "Get to know 2018 Orioles draft picks Grayson Rodriguez, Cadyn Grenier," 5 June 2018 While Kokomo touts the plus-arms of Jack Perkins (Louisville commit), Bayden Root (Ohio State) and Kyle Wade (Purdue), the Eagles bring cohesiveness and a laundry list of baseball pedigree. Rich Torres, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA baseball: Zionsville knows exactly where it wants to go," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One other plus for Fitbit is that the brand features more affordable fitness trackers in its lineup, such as the Charge and the Alta, for people who want athletic data without all the fancy features of a smartwatch. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Buyer's Guide: How To Decide Between an Apple Watch and a Fitbit," 20 Dec. 2018 But passengers flying premium plus will get two free standard checked bags and Premier Access check-in and boarding—goodbye, long lines! Excellent. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "United's New 'Premium Plus' Seats Are Like Mini-Recliners," 3 Dec. 2018 Plus, royal fans were likely not fixated on Harry's footwear when the most stylish guest at the wedding was his plus one. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Attended a Wedding with a Hole in His Shoe and We Totally Missed It," 7 Aug. 2018 Turner’s takeaway: His scoring ability, seven-foot wingspan and age (22) will be a plus. 23. Broderick Turner,, "NBA draft 2018 coverage: A pick-by-pick recap," 22 June 2018 The area’s high electricity prices may prove, counterintuitively, to be a plus. Stanley Reed And Ivan Penn, New York Times, "Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S.," 23 May 2018 Smaller pockets to hold chalk for the box call and emery paper for the pot and striker calls is also a plus. Frank Sargeant,, "Vested Interest: Turkey vests are the Swiss Army knife of hunting," 8 Apr. 2018 As for Breed, losing the acting mayor’s job might actually turn out to be a plus. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed got a raw deal. That might help her in the mayor’s election," 27 Jan. 2018 But that comes at a plus, too: the new devices likely won’t have a cutout for a notch at the top. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The 5 biggest rumors about Apple’s new, bezel-free iPads," 25 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

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 The United Kingdom is a sovereign state, and includes those three plus Northern Ireland. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why 'Brits' don't support England at the World Cup," 9 July 2018 And there's swimming plus amusement park fun at the Surprise Aquatic Center. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 15 things to do in Surprise," 16 Feb. 2015 Nectar Sleep: Save $125 on a Nectar mattress plus two free Nectar pillows. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Black Friday deals on furniture, bedding, and more," 21 Nov. 2018 Clinique: On 11/23 and 11/24, receive 25 percent off plus a free full-size Clinique best seller item of your choice. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 Deals From All of Your Favorite Stores and Brands," 20 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)

: 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.


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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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