\ 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

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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 plus side of working during the quarantine was having something to do that was both distracting and uplifting. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 Also on the plus side: ion induction can be reversed and the stone can be treated again for better results, yet HPHT treatment is irreversible. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 28 May 2021 On the plus side, of the 500 or so restaurants that went into hibernation, Luz isn’t aware of any that haven’t reopened, or aren’t about to do so., 27 May 2021 On the plus side, the iMac comes with a new fabric Lightning cord. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 18 May 2021 On the plus side, building permits were near expectations and about equal with March, and permits can be a better view into the future of housing demand. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 18 May 2021 On the plus side, the Chargers then have their scheduled off week before returning to play for 11 consecutive weeks to close the regular season. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Of course, with Atuatasi there is always a plus side, her natural upbeat personality taking over. Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2021 On the plus side, the health system saw non-operating revenue and investment gains increase by $18.7 million. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to Goman & York, a planning and design consultant hired by the town, the project would also be a plus for revenue and jobs. Steven Goode,, 2 June 2021 Dalton’s diligence should be a plus for the Bears in the short term. Dan Wiederer,, 2 June 2021 Groceries are packed in durable bags that Field Goods will take back and reuse—a major plus for shoppers fed up with packaging waste. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, 7 May 2021 On one hand, the fact that the Roam can work with other Sonos devices is a major plus. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, 6 Apr. 2021 The return of Pickett, who was expected to declare for the NFL draft, is a major plus for a program that has hovered between five and eight wins for all six of Pat Narduzzi’s seasons. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2021 Her mother agrees, saying that getting along with Coach Lee is a major plus in her eyes. Kyla L. Wright, Detroit Free Press, 25 Oct. 2020 Taking your parties outside at night is always a plus. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, 17 May 2021 Over a century plus of history, the seven-story building that houses the Hotel Diva has shape-shifted to the circumstances, moving from low-income residents to higher-end business travelers and back. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Not that cash has gone completely out of style — all of Omni’s summer hires get a $250 signing bonus plus a $500 retention bonus at the end of the season. New York Times, 8 June 2021 The tour is partitioned into three different areas plus the lounge. Doug George,, 31 May 2021 Since the total energy must be constant, the change in kinetic energy plus the change in gravitational potential energy must be equal to zero. Rhett Allain, Wired, 31 May 2021 For food and beverage companies, this translates into a $25 billion plus opportunity in the region. Michelle Toh, CNN, 7 Apr. 2021 The agreement values WeWork at $9 billion plus debt, far below the $47 billion in September 2019 when the IPO fell apart after massive losses were revealed in regulatory filings. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021 As of March 1, United had a staggering $26.20 billion in long term-term debut plus another $2.09 billion in debt due this year. Dan Reed, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Tickets for the Brickyard outfield terrace are still available as of Thursday morning for $25 apiece plus a $10 order charge on Michael Casagrande |, al, 20 May 2021 There is also a one-bedroom apartment on the lower level plus a shop and oversized garage. oregonlive, 15 May 2021 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

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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 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.


\ 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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