[kawst-pluhs, kost-]
  1. paid or providing for payment based on the cost of production plus an agreed-upon fee or rate of profit, as certain government contracts.
  2. of or relating to a cost-plus arrangement or contract.

Origin of cost-plus

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cost-plus

Historical Examples of cost-plus

  • Production at this plant was to be on a cost-plus basis, the estimated cost of the material being 70 cents a pound.

British Dictionary definitions for cost-plus


    1. a method of establishing a selling price in which an agreed percentage is added to the cost price to cover profit
    2. (as modifier)cost-plus pricing
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