[kawst-pluhs, kost-]


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

Nearby words

  1. cost-efficient,
  2. cost-justify,
  3. cost-of-living adjustment,
  4. cost-of-living allowance,
  5. cost-of-living index,
  6. cost-push,
  7. cost-push inflation,
  8. cost-share,
  9. costa,
  10. costa brava

Origin of cost-plus

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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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