: a person who accompanies an invited guest to an event or gathering at which guests are allowed to bring a companion or partner
My husband twice received handsome engraved invitations to presidential dinners. For those events and many others, I was the perpetual plus-one.Ana Marie Cox

Examples of plus-one in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ladder from onlooker to plus-one to invitee was most famously climbed by Kim Kardashian. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 1 May 2024 Naomi Watts had a special plus-one by her side at the Dior pre-fall show. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 16 Apr. 2024 His love of fashion comes from his mother, who was shining in an indigo ensemble as his plus-one at the 2024 NAACP Image Awards. Kory Jarvis, Essence, 9 Apr. 2024 Allowing Brett to help himself and a plus-one to the wedding is out of the question. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024 Perspective Carolyn Hax: When a guest isn’t able to make herself at home Perspective Carolyn Hax: Invitation without a plus-one threatens decades of family frie... Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 Primed for soirées, miniature box styles from Loro Piana and Louis Vuitton have all the elements of chic and reliable plus-one. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2024 And that's just what these stars had, with some 2024 Oscar nominees, presenters and attendees bringing along parents and kids as their plus-ones for the night. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Kaine’s plus-one was James Gibbs, a third-generation coal miner from Bristol who helped the senator make a point about the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund and job training programs. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plus-one was in 1977

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“Plus-one.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plus-one. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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