\ 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

On the plus side, New Haven learned its lesson as the program moved forward. Tom Condon,, "As Connecticut cities revive, what did we learn from the mistakes of urban renewal?," 26 June 2019 On the plus side, Myers said that Draymond Green liked Poole — no small feat, considering that Green is a Michigan State Spartan and openly despises everything maize and blue. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Three thoughts on the Warriors’ three draft picks," 21 June 2019 On the plus side, Samsung is no longer wasting space and extending that cutout with a depth sensor. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro renders reveal giant screen and no headphone jack," 12 June 2019 On the plus side, there’s Duke Caboom (a great Keanu Reeves), an Evel Knievel-like action figure with a penchant for posing that masks self-doubt. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Toy Story 4' doesn't need to exist, but in the end it's OK that it does," 15 June 2019 On the plus side, that meant more date nights with his wife, Lindsey, TV show binging and time to bond with his toddler son, Bentley. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Talking with ... Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski," 14 June 2019 However, the new forms of employment have a plus side. The Economist, "For the future, look to the past," 13 June 2019 Baseball America said scouts believe Jung will be an above-average or plus hitter in the majors but might never hit for much power. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers fill need with 8th overall pick. But that’s not why they took Texas Tech star," 3 June 2019 Still, the protests against the lingerie brand are coming from more than just employees; the hashtag /#boycottVictoriasSecret has gained traction on Instagram and people are looking for more Trans-friendly or plus brands to support. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "2 Victoria’s Secret Employees Have Quit After Ed Razek’s Anti-Trans Comments," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

New coach James Wade has been a huge plus and Chicago has the capability of breaking into the playoffs for the first time since Elena Delle Donne left for Washington. Kellen Becoats,, "A'ja Wilson and the Second-Year Players With Star Roles for Their Teams," 1 July 2019 In the long run, all of that would probably be an economic plus for most Americans and give a competitive boost for the American economy. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "In the Democratic debates, candidates spouted too many economic fairy tales," 28 June 2019 The pitch was still right over the plate -- down the middle -- and should have been a strike, or a plus for Sanchez. Kristie Ackert,, "Gary Sanchez is playing old school defense, but is the new school letting him down?," 17 June 2019 The Railway, for 27-year-old Kiara Castillo, is a plus for safety. Phillip Valys,, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 Smith’s speed is a major plus for his game and anything Nouhou — already fairly quick for his previous 5-foot-10, 175-pound heft — can do to improve upon his would help narrow any gap between him and the more veteran defender. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Slimmer, quicker Nouhou puts European rumors aside and focuses on improving for Sounders," 5 Feb. 2019 In a few areas, the earthquake measured a 6 plus on the 7-level Japanese scale of shaking, said the meteorological agency. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan Earthquake Knocks Out Power; Tsunami Warning Is Lifted," 18 June 2019 The plus-size opportunity. Plus-size fashion companies are scoring funding and inking trendy partnerships at an unprecedented rate. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Investors Catch On to Plus-Size Fashion: The Broadsheet," 17 June 2019 At 6-foot-3, Cozens still moves very well and has a plus shot to go along with it. Richard Morin, azcentral, "NHL mock draft: Who will fall to Arizona Coyotes at No. 14 in 2019 NHL draft?," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Twelve Foot Falls Park, south of Dunbar, is home to its namesake falls plus the smaller Eight Foot Falls. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some of Wisconsin’s best parks are small county and city ones," 27 June 2019 Online Subscriptions Online Edition subscriptions include immediate access to the current issue plus the Review’s complete online archive dating to 1963. The New York Review of Books, "Subscription Rates," 17 June 2019 The Mountain Playcation deal starts at $99 a night (normally about $209) for a standard room with two queen beds or a king bed plus a sofa bed. Washington Post, "Travel deals: A $99 mountain retreat outside L.A. and a South Africa fare sale," 14 June 2019 Here are some of Gently’s picks (plus a few suggestions of our own) for the best glitter makeup products. Leah Rumack,, "The Best Glitter Makeup, According To One Of Toronto’s Top Drag Queens," 10 June 2019 Employees who suffer injury because their employer intentionally fails to comply with these requirements are entitled to their actual damages or up to a $4,000 aggregate penalty plus the employees’ costs and attorney’s fees. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Employer may identify itself by recorded fictitious business name on paystub," 10 June 2019 After ending on a literal cliffhanger (remember Perry's big fall) in Season 1, Big Little Lies will return for a second season, with the original cast plus acting legend, Meryl Steep. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Watch Big Little Lies Even If You Don't Have a Television," 9 June 2019 La Roche-Posay: Receive 25 percent off all orders of $50 or more, plus two free deluxe samples with orders $65 or more. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Memorial Day 2019 Beauty and Fashion Sales From Your Favorite Brands," 23 May 2019 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

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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